Büyükçelen was in Spain with her film İkilem
Büyükçelen with José Gabriel Ferreras Rodriguez.
- Writer / Director Başak Büyükçelen keeps being center
of attention with her film İkilem, a medium length
film she made in Vancouver. İkilem was the winner
of Best Short Film Award in Second Montreal
Turkish Film Festival.
After her experience
in Sarajevo Film Festival, Başak Büyükçelen was invited
to participate in the third edition of Puglia Experience,
a screenwriting fellowship that invites 16 screenwriters from around
the world. Representing Turkey in Puglia Experience, Başak
Büyükçelen attended the fellowship and traveled around the
cities of Puglia State in Italy where screenwriters wrote films
taking place in the region. Meeting 46 producers from around the
world, screenwriters marketed two of their selected scripts on the
Puglia Experience Pitching Session.
After her arrival
from Italy, receiving an invitation from University of Murcia in
Spain, Başak Büyükçelen had a presentation on 16th of November.
speech, Başak Büyükçelen presented photographs of headscarves seen
In the presentation
open to public, located at Political Science Department in University
of Murcia, Başak Büyükçelen mentioned the different Islamic
covering styles such as veil, chador, hijab, headscarf and less
She gave a speech
on the image of Turkish women from 1923 to 2002 and showed the changing
image of Turkish women especially after 2002. Showcasing hijab commercials
of popular scarf brands, Başak Büyükçelen mentioned the hijab
is less of a religious need to cover and more of a political symbol
introduced and generalized to women through fashion.
To show the
reactions of the press about the hijab debate, Büyükçelen
also screened caricatures about the hijab from caricature magazines
such as Penguen and Leman.
At the end of
the presentation, İkilem was screened to the audience. In a session
with José Gabriel Ferreras Rodriguez, a cinema teacher and
the organizer of Film Festival of University of Murcia, Başak Büyükçelen
answered audience questions about İkilem. Afterwards she talked
about the screenplay she is working on now, Kıskaç (the Clamp).
In this new film, the protagonist (Hanım), a traditional woman wearing
the headscarf gets influenced by the different identities she sees
in the society. Wanting to be liberated from the pressures Hanım
finds survival in developing multiple personalities. Büyükçelen
mentions these multiple personalities represent the images
of Turkish women in the society nowadays.
Büyükçelen's new film was selected to Script Station
ended her presentation with answering questions about the women's
position and status in the society as well as Turkey's political
After her experience
in Spain, Başak Büyükçelen's new film Kıskaç was
selected to Script Station, a hands on training program
within Berlinale Film Festival. Büyükçelen will be attending the
Script Station to present her new film to the international
film industry in Berlin. She is also selected to participate in
Berlinale Talent Campus taking place in Berlin in
Director, Writer, Producer: Basak Buyukcelen
Actors: Cagri Berk, Ali Barkin