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National Documentary Competition
INVISIBLE TO THE EYE
AH GÖZEL İSTANBUL
- Director: Zeynep Dadak
- TURKEY, GERMANY / 2020 / DCP / Colour / 85’ / Turkish; English s.t.
- Screenplay: Zeynep Dadak
- Director of Photography: Florent Herry
- Editing: Eytan İpeker
- Original Music: Erdem Helvacıoğlu
- Katılanlar With: Aykut Sezgi Mengi, Cemal Kafadar
- Producer: Aslı Dadak, Zeynep Dadak, Pınar Bağcı
- Co-Producer: Tanja Georgieva
- Production Co.: Fenafilm
- World Sales: Fenafilm
- 2020 Istanbul Special Mention
Inspired by Istanbul-born 17th century Armenian intellectual Eremya Çelebi Kömürciyan's travel diaries, Invisible to the Eye traces this particular itinerary in today’s Istanbul. As a cinematic travelogue in a contemporary Istanbul, the film explores Kömürciyan’s farsighted relationship with the concepts of looking, seeing, and viewing. In his book History of Istanbul: Istanbul in the Seventeenth Century, Kömürciyan talks to the reader as if he is holding a camera. When we translate his ‘cinematic eye’ to a contemporary setting, there emerges an endless path on to the multifaceted visual history of this long-standing city.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.