Mit: Karina Plachetka, Simon Werdelis, Laina Schwarz, Holger Hübner REGIE Adrian Figueroa BÜHNE Irina Schicketanz KOSTÜME Malena Modéer MUSIK Miguel Toro VIDEO Victor Morales DRAMATURGIE Kerstin Behrens
Osman Kavala, a leading figure in Turkey’s civil society, has been in custody in the largest high-security prison in Europe in Silivri since November 1, 2017. Prosecutors accused Kavala of organizing the “Gezi protests” in Istanbul. A verdict was only delivered on the 18 February 2020, when he was acquitted. But on the same day, the chief prosecutor of Istanbul demanded the continued detention in which he was accused of an involvement in the attempted coup d’état in 2016. If convicted, Osman Kavala faces life imprisonment without parole.
“Letters from Silivri” draws on letters of Osman Kavala to document a timeline of his imprisonment. By separating voice and image the film intends intends to create an echo chamber that allows audiences to listen more carefully to Kavalas letters, while at the same time place his words in context to a civil society.
A Film by Adrian Figueroa
Director: Adrian Figueroa Producer: Çiğdem Mater Director of Photography Meryem Yavuz Narrator Mustafa Avkıran Concept Tunçay Kulaoğlu
VFX Artist Claud Jehu Music & Sound Design Miguel Toro Choreography Kadir „Amigo“ Memiş Assistant Director Damla Kırkalı Art Director Ceyda Yüceer Assistant Producer Okan Avcı Colour Grader Philipp Figueroa
1st AC Murat Kullukçuoğlu 2nd AC Süleyman Kul DIT Egemen Koçol Grip Hasan Baş Set Photography Graziela Diez