Özlem Özel

Check out the full interview with Özlem below...

The story of the project is actually the sum of the human stories I saw in my village when I was little. Looking back now, I thought that those days would not come back again, that those stories should be carried into the future, whether for good or bad.

I spent my childhood in a village where innocent people had bad fates. However, there was an earthquake in 1995 where we lived, and we lost everything and moved to another city. I remember that the movie I watched for the first time was about Ataturk and I watched it in the cinema. It was unique to watch it at the cinema. Everything was so real.

Directors who inspired me, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Akira Kurosawa, Bong Joon Ho, Abbas Kiarostami. My favorite movie Parasite.

I started writing in 2013 when I realized that a story that came to my mind was a script, not a novel.

The filming of the film is full of complete impossibilities. The supporting actors are generally volunteer actors and musicians from my hometown. But the main actors are experienced and well-known actors. The art management was done by my family. The wedding dress belongs to my aunt. The music belongs to my uncle. One day when we were shooting a scene for the rain prayer, it rained after the prayer.

Those who watched my project, sometimes laughed and remembered the old days. And sometimes they cried.

It gives me comfort to have an original story. But, as you know, there are certain topics that are covered in cinema.

Film festivals give me ideas on interpreting the work I do and how to make the next film. It helps me to see my mistakes. This also gave me the awards for being the best director and the best Asian film.

In the future, I want to continue my good scripts with a co-producer if I can find a supporter or if I can do the distribution and advertising of Poppy Red Film well.

Thank you for this inspiring interview and for taking the time to honestly answer all the questions. The BIA team wishes you great success with your next projects!