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5.Kat (The Fifth Floor)



Turkey, 2004, Mini Dv PAL - Color - 87

DIRECTED BY:
Yasemin Alkaya

CAST:
Yasemin Alkaya, Ulgar Manzakoğlu

SCREENPLAY:
Yasemin Alkaya

PRODUCER:
Yasemin Alkaya

STORY DESCRIPTION:

The story takes place in a restaurant in Istanbul with the view of the Bosporus and a special ambiance called the 5th Floor. The owner of the restaurant is in fact an actress, but she is running a restaurant due to economical reasons. She encounters various problems each day as a female proprietor. Her cook runs away, she cooks to 100 people for 3 months. The chef's wife gives birth five times a year. There is water shortage. The elevator does not work, the place is on the fifth floor, etc. Yet preparations must be made for the night. Among all the stress the owner of the place keeps shaking her pan dreaming of an Oscar.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born in Istanbul, she studied ballet at the Ankara State Conservatory, graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory, Theater Department. She received Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Kurt Kanunu” (Law of the Wolf) at the Ankara Film Festival in 1992. In 1993 she established Oyuncular (Players) Theatre Group, staged Anton Chekhov’s “Hayat Çok Güzel” (Life is very beautiful) directed by Russian director Kama Ginkas. Later on, the name of the theater changed as Tiyatrofil. Between 1994 - 1996 she realized “Beni Kuma Yaz” (Write me on the Sand) by Inez von Dulleman and “Günlük Müstehcen Sırlar” (Daily Obscene Secrets) by Antonio de la Parla. She won Best Female Actress award at the Antalya and Adana film festivals in 1996 with the movie “Mum Kokulu Kadınlar” (Candle Scented Women), Best Female Actress award from Çasod and MGD in 1997. In 1998, she was awarded the Best Female Actress award at the Swiss National Young Cinematographers Festival with the film “Ölmeye Yatmak” (Laying down to dying). In 2002, she played the lead role in Yasmina Reza’s play called “Yaşamın Üç Yüzü” (Three faces of Life).

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