We listened to the international award-winning film “Reflection” from director İlker Savaşkurt…
Ashu, which has a hotel in a popular area of Istanbul, is making final preparations for its special guests. Everything seems to be fine as guests of completely different characters start to enter the hotel slowly. AHowever, Ashu has a completely different plan for them: through Aziz Sodom, a wise-looking mysterious man, he confronts his guests with their choices in life and reveals their secret lives…
We talked to İlker Savaşkurt, the director of the movie Reflection, which tells the story of people of different nationalities who come together in the same hotel, around lies and confrontations.
Can we get to know you first?
I was born in 1987 in Bayrampaşa, Istanbul, in the immigrant neighborhood. Growing up three streets away from Bayrampaşa prison strengthened my interest in closed spaces and rules, and my appetite for those stories. I met music when we moved to Bakırköy in secondary school. I was interested in music for a long time. I played bass guitar and vocalized especially in metal bands. I dropped out of college and accepted a music offer from Florida. After living in Texas for about four years, I came back to my country. After a while, I thought that I could express myself better in cinema, so I decided to continue school. Since 2009, I have only been interested in cinema, directing and editing.
Can you talk a little bit about the movie’s release story? Reflection how was he born?
Flow normally it was a theatrical text written by Mehmet Kala when he was the art director at Emek Sahnesi in 2010. We hadn’t even shot Groom’s Ward yet. FlowI really liked the story and the characters. I liked it very much with its literary aspect, its narration and its story. At that time, I was saying to Mehmet, “I want to shoot this as a movie”.
at that time Songs of Exile: Yılmaz Güney we had it on our agenda, we shot it and then we shot the Groom’s Ward. Of course, these processes took about 6 years on average. When Groom Ward was released, I had moved to another place and I was standing in an empty house. I realized that the works we have done and are interested in have always stood at a socially realistic point. Yes, we have oppositional personalities, but I thought we like other styles as well. I shared with Mehmet my idea of making a movie about Akis. In the story Mehmet wrote, there were Sodom, Raven and Shadow and it was set in a single hotel room. I thought of characters like Ashu the receptionist and other guests of the hotel at the time. I developed them. Mehmet also scripted it very quickly.