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
For an album that was born out of music composed for a theatre piece where the actors where blind in real life, “The State of this Monster” delivers an eclectic yet thoughtful mix of jazz, electronica, glitch and post rock that one can only patiently wait until the last song ends to play it again from the beginning. Miguel Toro’s vast sound palette has matured since the first Royal Dust “Royal Dust” album back in 2013. One can hear the sculpting of layers as if they where chapters of a storybook with each story being read by a different person.
released July 5, 2022
Musicians: Dirk Steglich – Bass Clarinet Miko Krebs – Bass Clarinet Yein Song – Piano Leonhard Endruweit- Contrabass Alejandro Berti – Trumpet Miguel Toro – Drums, Synth Recorded by Dirk Homann at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and by Miguel Toro in Faer Studios Berlin assisted by Argenis Brito. All tracks mixed by Miguel Toro in AIRE Studios in Berlin. Mastered by Mike Grinser at Man Made Mastering. All songs written and produced by Miguel Toro except “Born, never asked” written by Laurie Anderson, produced by Miguel Toro. Design by Dedo Ciego
“While I was digging for fossils in my mind, I found gold”