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I’m Not Him

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu
Ben o değilim
Turkey, France, Greece, Germany 2013 / 125’

50-something-year-old Nihat works at a hospital canteen outside Istanbul. He is a loner, and although he is not married, his married friends are more interested in seeking entertainment than he is. Everything changes when he meets Ayşe, a dishwasher whose husband is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Entering into a secret and dangerous relationship with the woman, Nihat slowly begins to assume the identity of the man he physically resembles... Pirselimoğlu’s film is similar in spirit to the works of Turkish master Ceylan. They share an ascetic look, an interest in the everyday, and a patient recording of non-events. At that same time, it is suggestive of Hitchcock, particularly Vertigo, as it plays with conventional cinematic subjects, meticulously constructing its drama through editing, the use of color, the unobtrusive symmetry of composition, atmospheric music, and sound effects. It is an independent film but also very genre-specific in how it conducts its narrative, appreciates mystery, and keeps the viewer in suspense.

Anna Tatarska


Rome Film Fest 2013 - Best Screenplay; Istanbul IFF 2014 - Best Screenplay, Best Turkish Film of the Year, Best Music

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu was born in1959 in Trabzon, Turkey. He graduated from Turkey’s Technical University (METU), and then left for Vienna, where he studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited all over the world. He is one of the founders of the Akademie Genius, where he has conducted lessons on screenwriting, film, and painting. He is also the author of four novels and two short-story collections. He began his film career as a screenwriter. Since his debut film, Dayim, he has won awards and honors all around the world, including for his film "trilogy of conscience and death" (Riza, Haze, Hair).

Selected filmography

2000 Dayim / My Uncle (short)

2002 W kraju, którego nie ma / Hiçbiryerde / In Nowhere Land

2007 Riza

2010 Włosy / Saç / Hair

2010 Pus / Haze  




Cast & Crew

director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu
screenplay Tayfun Pirselimoğlu
cinematography Andreas Sinanos
editing Ali Aga
music Giorgos Koumendakis
cast Ercan Kesal, Maryam Zaree, Riza Akin, Mehmet Avci, Nihat Alptekin
producer Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Guillaume de Seille, Mustafa Dok, Nikos Moustakas
production Arizona Productions, Bredok Film Production, Bad Crowd, Zuzi Film
sales RAMONDA Paris
language Turkish
colouration colour