Present Tense | Şimdiki Zaman

Turkey 2012, Feature film, 110’ | Director Belmin Söylemez | Screenplay Belmin Söylemez, Haşmet Topaloğlu | DoP Peter Roehsler | Editor Ali Aga, Belmin Söylemez | Sound, Music Cenker Kökten | Cast Sanem Öge, Şenay Aydın, Ozan Bilen, Suat Oktan, Nesrin Yıldırım | Production Haşmet Topaloğlu | Production Filmbüfe Film Production

Mina’s having problems. Divorced, she has no contact with her family and is about to be evicted from her apartment. Her big dream is to migrate to the United States. But she needs money and a visa. So she takes up a job in an Istanbul café ... as a coffee grounds reader. Surprisingly successful, she projects her own frustrations and aspirations on to the customers. Meanwhile, her colleagues and boss at the cafe try to get her out of her shell. A quiet film about a country in transition.

In cooperation with Türkisches Filmfest Ruhr.

Belmin Söylemez was born in Istanbul. She worked as a copywriter, editor and producer for ARD TV (Istanbul Office) and BBA (Independent Press Agency Istanbul). She also made music videos and promotion films as a director and producer. Her short films and documentaries have been screened at international film festivals in Toronto, Goteborg, and Sarajevo and they have received a number of national and international awards. Her films have been broadcast on TV channels such as ARTE France / Germany, SVT / Sweden, YLE / Finland and SBS /Australia. Her films have also participated in exhibitions. Şimdiki Zaman is her first fiction feature movie.

Belmin Söylemez
Feature film
Focus: Turkey