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Spring Grants 2020 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Azra Deniz Okyay / Feature Narrative / Turkey, France, Qatar / 86 min / Original Language: Turkish / Interests: Drama, Politics, Social Issues


İffet, a single mother in her 40s, lives in Sucular, a ghetto fighting against urban regeneration. On a day when a nationwide power surge takes place, she suddenly learns that her incarcerated son is direly in need of money. Unable to procure the money herself, she is left with no other option but to help a drug dealer with his delivery and reaches out to her friend Didem—a hip-hop dancer in her twenties—to be her partner. Desperately searching for a vehicle, Iffet asks Raşit, a man in his late 30’s who lives in the same neighbourhood and is known for his collaboration with construction moguls. Ela, Didem’s friend and a struggling artist, comes to the neighbourhood to give a workshop to the kids. That night İffet, Didem and Ela end up in Raşit’s car which, while all these strange coincidences unfold, has been crushed under the debris of a historic building.


Azra Deniz Okyay
Azra Deniz Okyay
Dilek Aydın

About the Director

Born in Istanbul, Azra Deniz Okyay started photography at the age of 12, and became an assistant at 14 of the photographer Dora Gunel. After finishing high school in Lycee Francais Pierre Loti of Istanbul, she moved to Paris to study Cinema at Sorbonne-Nouvelle where she attained her bachelor's and master's degrees. She worked in Michel Gondry's Partizan Production company. She returned to Turkey in 2010 and became the first female director at Depo, an advertising production company of Istanbul. She has made various shorts and music videos, and her work has appeared in international exhibitions and galleries.

Production Company Profile

Heimatlos Films was founded by Dilek Aydin and Erkal Taskin in Istanbul and London in 2017 in order to create homeless films that tell universal stories. They produced five different shorts in 2 years that won countless awards and still travel festivals. Later the company started producing documentaries and the first documentary they finished ‘Mimaroglu: The Robinson Of Manhattan Island’ was recently selected to Visions du Reel’s Burning Lights competition for 2020 edition. ‘Ghosts’ by Azra Deniz Okyay is the first feature the company takes on as the main producer. They continue to develop and produce shorts, documentaries and features.

Awards and Festival History


Grand Prize, Venice Critics’ Week 2020 (WP)


  • Main Contact

    Dilek Aydin


  • Production Company

    Heimatlos Films

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