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Blue Bicycle

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Ümit Köreken / Feature Narrative / Turkey, Qatar / 2016 / 92 min / Colour / Original Language: Turkish / Interests: Drama, Children

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Ali lives with his mother and sister. When not at school, he works at a tyre repair shop, giving his weekly wage to his mother to help cover the family’s living expenses, and saving the tips he gets every now and then to buy himself a blue bicycle. When the semester holiday ends and school begins, Ali is very happy that he will see Elif, his platonic love of five years, more often. A very bright student, Elif is the school president. On the first day of school, however, the headmaster appoints another student as interim school president. Ali believes that Elif has been unfairly relieved of her role, so he decides to put all the money he had put aside for the bicycle into a campaign to reinstate her.

Credits

Director
Ümit Köreken
Screenwriter
Ümit Köreken, Nursen Çetin Köreken
Producer
Ümit Köreken, Nursen Çetin Köreken

About the Director

Ümit Köreken was born in Akşehir in 1978. He graduated from the Business Management Faculty of Anadolu University and studied digital filmmaking in 2011. He works on radio plays, scripts for the stage, stories and screenplays. His plays and stories have been published in a variety of print and online periodicals. ‘Blue Bicycle’, his debut feature-length film, had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.

Production Company Profile

Drama Film Production was founded by Ümit Köreken and Nursen Çetin Köreken in 2013. A creative, young, independent and internationally oriented production company, Drama is based in Istanbul. We seek to make films that show children as individuals of value. If we achieve this we will have fulfilled our part of the job to render the world a more peaceful and inhabitable place.

Berlin-based Papermoon Films GmbH is focused on the production of high-quality feature-length films in the art-house and crossover segments for the national and international cinema market. The company’s partners are Dorota Budna and Dr. Oliver Thau.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Berlinale 2016, Generation Kplus+ (WP)
Istanbul Film Festival 2016, National Competition
Cinekid Film Festival 2016
Giffoni Macedonia Film Festival 2016
Mumbai Film Festival 2016
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2016

Awards

Best Film, Best Script, Best Director awards, Antalya Film Festival 2016

Contacts

  • Director

    Ümit Köreken

    Company: 
    Drama Film Production
    Phone: 
    +905434764566
    Email: 
    umitkoreken@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Nursen Çetin Köreken

    Company: 
    Drama Film Production
    Phone: 
    +905 434 764 534
    Email: 
    nursencetin@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Drama Film Production

    Company: 
    Drama Film Production

  • Production Company

    Papermoon Films GmbH

    Company: 
    Papermoon Films GmbH

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