Venice FF - Critics Week

Azra Deniz Okyay – Ghosts #Venezia77

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Women in modern-day Istanbul on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Azra Deniz Okyay, director of the film Ghosts.

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A conversation with Azra Deniz Okyay, director of Ghosts, presented at the International Critics Week parallel and independent strand of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. In this interview, Oykay talks about the socio-political situation that the film depicts, particularly in terms of the current generation and the young women in Turkey. She also talks about the dynamism of the structure of the film and the meaning behind it, as well as how Ghosts reflects the eclecticism and multiculturalism of the city of Istanbul.

Ghosts:  In Istanbul, a day on the verge of a country-wide power surge unfolds with four characters – a mother whose son is in prison, a young woman committed to dancing, a female activist-artist and a cunning middle man – all in a neighbourhood undergoing a process of gentrification for the “New Turkey”. Their stories intertwine along the day up until a drug deal incident, offering a roaring tale of the contemporary generation.

To discover more about the film Ghosts, click here.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Azra Deniz Okyay
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Venice Critics' Week - SIC
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