Grant Gee – Director – Innocence of Memories-Orhan Pamuk’s Museum and Istanbul
Grant Gee brings us through the Museum Of Innocence in Istanbul, using a mixture of fiction and documentary, with the precise intent to fascinate us , and it works.
Orhan Pamuk – Turkey’s Nobel laureate for Literature – opens a museum in Istanbul. A museum that’s a fiction: its objects trace a tale of doomed love in 1970’s Istanbul. The film takes a tour of the objects as the starting point for a trip through love stories, landscapes and the chemistry of the city. “Like many people, when I first visited Istanbul, I read Orhan Pamuk. From the very start, my view of the city was through the prism of his imagination. And I knew that Orhan had imagined a place called ‘The Museum of Innocence’ and in 2008 had published a big novel of that name. What I didn’t know was that, two months after my first visit to Istanbul in 2012, Orhan would open the doors to the real Museum of Innocence. A real, 5-storey museum of real objects – the debris and treasure of a tragic love affair from 30 years ago. A museum which immediately became established as part of Istanbul’s real cultural itinerary: the Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Museum of Innocence.” [Grant Gee]