Films

Something Useful

Something Useful, "Ise Yarar Bir Sey"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Why would someone like Leyla go to a high school reunion dinner? And take an overnight train to get there. After all, she hasn’t been to a single one for the last 25 years... What is Canan, a student nurse, doing on the train? Reluctantly going to an interview for a nursing job when she would like to be an actress instead.

And Yavuz? He spends all day lying by the window watching the passing hawkers, horse carriages and people. He is waiting for Canan, or maybe Leyla, or maybe a executioner and a poet who meet on a train one night. 

"Why does a poet decide to accompany a paralyzed man who wants to die, and a young nurse who has taken on the difficult task of killing him? To help them? Because she is fascinated by them? Because she is fascinated by death? Because she is curious? Or is it because she wants to do something useful? Would she have done something useful by accompanying the unwilling murderer and spending time with someone who wants to die? When art exists as a powerful and magical tool for understanding life, why does the artist continually seek to do something useful? I imagined a road movie where the spectator can add his or her questions to mine and then I set off." - Pelin Esmer, film director 

Pelin Esmer

(b. 1972) won the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival for her first documentary "The Collector" (2002). Her second work "The Play" (2005) bagged the Best New Documentary Director Award at Tribeca FF. 

Her first fiction "10 to 11" (2009) was one of the six chosen projects by Cannes Film Festival’s Résidence du Cinéfondation in Paris where she worked on her script. An official selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival, "10 to 11" received many awards in various festivals around the world and was released in cinemas in Turkey, France and Germany. Film also screened at PÖFF. Her second feature "Watchtower" has been screened in festivals in many countries and was released in Germany, France and USA besides Turkey. 

Filmography

  • Koleksiyoncu (The Collector, 2002. doc)
  • Oyun (The Play, 2005, doc)
  • 11'e 10 kala (Kümnest üheteistkümneni, PÖFF 2009)
  •  Gözetleme Kulesi (Watchtower, 2012)
  •  Ise Yarar Bir Sey (Something Useful, 2017)

Schedule

27.11.2017
18:00 - 20:17
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 111501
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Pelin Esmer, Cast Yiğit Özşener
29.11.2017
20:45 - 22:52
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 131102
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Pelin Esmer, Cast Yiğit Özşener
30.11.2017
21:30 - 23:17
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 141903
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Countries: Turkey, France, Netherlands, Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 107 minutes
Language: Turkish
Director: Pelin Esmer
Producers: Pelin Esmer, Marsel Kalvo
Writers: Baris Bicakci, Pelin Esmer
DOP: Gökhan Tiryaki
Montage: Pelin Esmer, Evren Lus
Cast: Öykü Karayel, Basak Köklükaya, Yigit Özsener
Productions: Sinefilm, Mars Productions
Festival: Istanbul (FIPRESCI Prize)

Synopsis

Director

Why would someone like Leyla go to a high school reunion dinner? And take an overnight train to get there. After all, she hasn’t been to a single one for the last 25 years... What is Canan, a student nurse, doing on the train? Reluctantly going to an interview for a nursing job when she would like to be an actress instead.

And Yavuz? He spends all day lying by the window watching the passing hawkers, horse carriages and people. He is waiting for Canan, or maybe Leyla, or maybe a executioner and a poet who meet on a train one night. 

"Why does a poet decide to accompany a paralyzed man who wants to die, and a young nurse who has taken on the difficult task of killing him? To help them? Because she is fascinated by them? Because she is fascinated by death? Because she is curious? Or is it because she wants to do something useful? Would she have done something useful by accompanying the unwilling murderer and spending time with someone who wants to die? When art exists as a powerful and magical tool for understanding life, why does the artist continually seek to do something useful? I imagined a road movie where the spectator can add his or her questions to mine and then I set off." - Pelin Esmer, film director 

Pelin Esmer

(b. 1972) won the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival for her first documentary "The Collector" (2002). Her second work "The Play" (2005) bagged the Best New Documentary Director Award at Tribeca FF. 

Her first fiction "10 to 11" (2009) was one of the six chosen projects by Cannes Film Festival’s Résidence du Cinéfondation in Paris where she worked on her script. An official selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival, "10 to 11" received many awards in various festivals around the world and was released in cinemas in Turkey, France and Germany. Film also screened at PÖFF. Her second feature "Watchtower" has been screened in festivals in many countries and was released in Germany, France and USA besides Turkey. 

Filmography

  • Koleksiyoncu (The Collector, 2002. doc)
  • Oyun (The Play, 2005, doc)
  • 11'e 10 kala (Kümnest üheteistkümneni, PÖFF 2009)
  •  Gözetleme Kulesi (Watchtower, 2012)
  •  Ise Yarar Bir Sey (Something Useful, 2017)