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.
Rome Film Fest 2013 - Best Screenplay; Istanbul IFF 2014 - Best Screenplay, Best Turkish Film of the Year, Best Music
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).
2000 Dayim / My Uncle (short)
2002 W kraju, którego nie ma / Hiçbiryerde / In Nowhere Land
2010 Włosy / Saç / Hair
2010 Pus / Haze