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Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #51: Rasit Celikezer, ‘Can’

Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #51: Rasit Celikezer, 'Can'

What’s it about? Can is about families and their children; It tells the story of people who try to balance their positions in the society.

Director Rasit Celikezer says: “Its important for the audience to know that, while I was working on both the story and the production, the challenges that an independent filmmaker has in Turkey always mattered for me. Reflecting the socio-political life style into cinema as a form of art was something I had to consider accomplishing during my creativity process.

“After I write down a story I have been dreaming of, in time, that story finds it way into one of the mediums that it will shine itself through. To be more specific, I move on with whichever would make a better effect. But frankly, I like the language of film more than all the others! It’s the one that I enjoy the most and it’s the one that makes me really happy!

“The one and only challenge I confronted during the production process was budgeting. Apart from that, both my behind and front of the camera team were friends of mine whom I have been working together for years. I never had or have any difficulties working with them.

“My will of bringing a new life to this world was relatively weak. It seemed to me so “insane” to attempt to this without preparing the right bases and circumstances to raise a human in. We are living in such a cruel world that I struggled with the idea of whether someone else would share the same feelings, for thirty seven years. Now I’m relatively more comfortable with it. I’m trying to be ‘a father’… My daughter is now five… And she has an everlasting passion of ‘playing in a park’.

“Sundance is a totally different world, an important festival, the center of the industry. There will be a mass from different cultures with different perceptions. I am really curious about how they will be affected by my film. Their reactions will surely be my focus of interest in all of my screenings. And of course I’m hoping that I will be discussing new ideas and projects with fellow directors that I will meet during the festival.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

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