On the Count of Zero (2007)

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On the Count of Zero (2007)
Sifir Dedigimde (original title)

A young girl loses a precious book she has borrowed from her teacher. The girl, unable to remember where and how she lost the book, is driven into depression, and taken to a psychiatrist by her best friend. As the psychiatrist helps the girl find the bag through hypnosis, she unexpectedly comes across a strange man in the hypnosis world. The door to mysterious events is pushed ajar with the mysterious man encountered during hypnosis, and an thrilling chase starts in the real world. Forgotten mysterious people and events will surface as the story enters the realms of traditional Turkish fairy-tales and the world of hypnosis.
Turkey
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Creators
Director Gokhan Yorgancigil
Writer Gokhan Yorgancigil
Information
Release Date2007-11-02
Runtime1h 30mins
GenreDrama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanySekans Filmcilik
CountryTurkey
LanguageTurkish
Melih (as Hazim Körmükçü)
Damla Tokel
Damla Tokel
Asli
Görkem Yeltan
Görkem Yeltan
Nevin
Young Müberra
Semih Sergen
Semih Sergen
Müfit
Özhan Carda
Özhan Carda
Talat
Riza Pekkutsal
Riza Pekkutsal
Istavridis
Aykut Bilgin
Aykut Bilgin
Ibo

On the Count of Zero

On the Count of Zero (Turkish: Sıfır Dediğimde) is a 2007 mystery / thriller / drama Turkish film, written and directed by Gökhan Yorgancıgil.

The film stars Oktay Kaynarca, Hazim Körmükçü and Damla Tokel as the main characters, but also includes the talents of Görkem Yeltan, Özge Özder, Semih Sergen and Riza Pekkutsal. The film tells the story of the young art student Aslı, through her desperate journey in the world of hypnosis in order to find the precious art book she has lost and her unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger in the world of hypnosis. The plot thickens with the parallel story of a mother reading fairy-tales to her son which are depicted as 3D animation renderings of traditional Turkish shadow puppeteering art. The parallel stories entwine to lead the characters towards the mysterious Burgaz Island through a journey into the ancient capital of the East, İstanbul.

On the Count of Zero is the first Turkish film in the mystery / thriller genre. The film project was developed through the blog page Mahkum.net, which makes it the first film project to be developed online with the participation of Mahkum.net's followers on topics ranging from story ideas to casting decisions.

The film was screened in 4 festivals in the USA and won 2 Special Jury Remi Awards in the 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in the "Best First Feature" and "Theatrical Feature" contending for Grand REMI Award categories.


Plot

Young art student Asli has lost a precious miniature-art book, but has no recollection of how it got misplaced. She and her medical student friend Nevin, having lost all hope due to her unexplained temporary amnesia, go through an intense hypnosis session under the supervision of an expert psychiatrist. As the psychiatrist helps Asli relive the day she lost the book, she unexpectedly comes across a mysterious stranger in the hypnosis world.

A mystical eastern fairytale unfolds in both the world of hypnosis and the real world, as the characters, led by an unseen hand, are uncontrollably steered towards the mysterious Burgaz Island. Asli enters the realms of traditional Turkish fairy-tales and the uncharted world of hypnosis, through a journey into the ancient capital of the East, Istanbul.


Cast

  • Oktay Kaynarca - Oguz
  • Hazim Körmükçü - Melih
  • Damla Tokel - Asli
  • Görkem Yeltan - Nevin
  • Özge Özder - Young Müberra
  • Semih Sergen - Müfit
  • Özhan Carda - Talat
  • Riza Pekkutsal - Istavridis
  • Aykut Bilgin - Ibo

Production Photos

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Film Festival Participation

  • 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival - Houston, Texas, USA (April 17–26, 2009)
  • 39th Annual USA Film Festival - Dallas, Texas, USA (April 29 - May 3, 2009)
  • 15th Annual Austin Film Festival - Austin, Texas, USA (October 16–23, 2008)
  • Florida State University Middle Eastern Film Festival 2008 - Tallahassee, Florida, USA (September 30 - October 9, 2008)

Awards

42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival - Houston, Texas, USA (April 17–26, 2009)

  • "Best First Film" Special Juri Remi Award
  • "Theatrical Feature" Special Juri Remi Award contending for Grand REMI Award

External links

  • Sifir dedigimde at IMDb
  • Official site for Sifir dedigimde
  • Composer Volkan Topsakal's soundtrack to the film