(Night of Silence (Lal Gece
Directed by: Reis Çelik
Turkey 2012
90 Min  | Subtitles in Hebrew, English

A minimalist Turkish film shot in 2012, all of its plot, with the exception of the first 15 minutes, taking place in one single room with only two characters in it. Relying ontwo remarkably subtle and understated performances by a man in his sixties and a young girl who couldn't be more than 14, this is a deliberatelyslow, often poetical film, to be savored by mature art house audiences, nothing like any wedding night movie one would imagine. Having spent most of his life behind bars for killing twice in the name of safeguarding family honor, Damat (Ilyas Salman), now 60, is finally back in his mountain village, about to marry a girl he has never seen, Gelin (Dilan Aksüt), a marriage arranged by the family to thank him for his sacrifice,but also to put an end to an ancient blood feud. Most of the film follows the two main protagonists – each of them different, both terrified – into the bridal room, where the act of marriage is to be consummated and proof of the husband's virility as well as his wife's virginity is to be produced when the sun comes up.

Screening attended by the director and the actress

Reis Çelik was born in Ardahan in 1961. After finishing primary and middle school education, he moved to Istanbul with his family. He studied music and theater and graduated from Istanbul Municipality Conservatory. In 1982, he started working as an economic and political journalist. He also prepared various TV programs. Çelik then started shooting documentary films. He has shot more than 600 advertising films and political campaign films. In 1992, he shot NazımHikmet’s documentary film “Nazım Hikmet Ziyaretçin Var”. Currently, Çelik lives and works in Istanbul.

Director and Screenplay:
Reis Çelik
Reis Çelik
Ilyas Salman, Dilan Aksüt, Sabri Tutal
Courtesy by:
Kaz Film, Istanbul