Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Aether (2020)

A 21-day meditative journey into the soul of Hasankeyf, an ancientcity with a unique ecosystem soon to be lost to man-made annihilation.

“Tekeş and her crew took a 21-day trip around the area, visiting the settlements, the historical and natural sites that will soon be gone under water. The result of it is this film, devoid of any comprehensible dialogue, additional context or explanation. Divided in 21 chapters representing 21 days, all of its footage, which focuses more on the landscape than on the people living there, is edited in strictly chronological order. The only additional frame that could be used for interpretation is the ancient Greek philosophical theory of the four elements that the world is made of (earth, fire, air and water), with aether (which gives the film its title) being the invisible matter that imbues it all — the essence of things. Tekeş’ mission is, obviously, to capture it.

Aether is a visually stunning film due to its landscapes caught through the lenses of four cinematographers (Ute Freund, Deniz Eyuboglu, Merle Yothe and Andres Lizana Prado), each representing one of the ancient elements. As a personal farewell letter to the essence of the world that is about to be lost, and as a reminder that nature will survive all countries, states, people and even mankind, the film serves it purpose completely.”

Marko Stojiljkovic, Cineuropa.org

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Film Title : Aether
Language : Ei dialogia
Director : Rûken Tekeş
Year : 2019
Length : 82
Age limit : K7
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Ute Freund, Deniz Eyuboglu, Merle Jothe, Andres Lizana Prado
Editing : Marco Spoletini, Rûken Tekeş
Music : Diler Ozer, Metehan Dada
Producer : Rûken Tekeş, Billur Arikan, Gabriele Oricchio
Production Company : Sarya Films Collective

Screenings :
Thu 30.1. at 16.00, Kinopalatsi 6
Sat 1.2. at 18.45, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with director Rûken Tekeş
Sun 2.2. at 20.00, Kinopalatsi 5