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34 TAXI(On Duty in Istanbul)



Turkey, 2004, DV - Color - 53

DIRECTED BY:
Belmin Söylemez

CAST:
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SCREENPLAY:
Belmin Söylemez

PRODUCER:
Belmin Söylemez

WORLD SALES:
Belmin Söylemez

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Traffic reveals the character of a big city, reflecting its models of behaviour . To most people, traffic is just a part of the routine one has to go through every day. But to some, it is a way of life. `34 Taxi` is a video-documentary which shows Istanbul from the taxi drivers’ point of view. Shot mainly during daily taxi rides, the film is based on the drivers chatting with their passengers.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in Istanbul. She worked as copy writer, editor and documentary director / producer . She made music videos and promotion films. Her short films and documentaries got many awards in national and international festivals, and were shown on TV Channels such as ARTE, SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland) SBS (Australia), and in exhibitions like “Call me İstanbul” ZKM-Karlsruhe-Germany.Films, ‘Nothing New on The Front’ 1994 documentary ‘State of Sleep’ 1999 experimental ‘The Moustache’ 2000 documentary ‘ZAP!’ 2000 experimental ‘Waves’ 2001 short film “Windows” 2002 experimental (for Oda Projesi) “The Picture of My Life” 2003 documentary (a project with photographer Orhan Cem Çetin and Oda Projesi “Oda meetings” 8.Ist.Biennial) “34 Taxi” 2004

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