$12 General Admission
** Co-presented with Seattle Turkish Film Festival! **
Mortality encroaches on the elderly residents of a retirement home in Istanbul.
Confined to the building and to their ailing bodies, their windows look out onto a nearby construction site where they can watch the toil of young migrant workers, casual virtuosos of physicality. Yet the residents are abundant with life-energy: a former studio photographer, nearly blind, skillfully maintains his treasured equipment; a childless woman recalls with crystalline detail being the nanny of two children; a 75-year-old man writes of his sexual memories and expresses unabated feelings of desire (even towards the filmmaker).
As they pass the winter sleeping, singing songs, playing piano, or riding the elevator for the sheer enjoyment of the motion, Mizrahi’s unwavering camera breathes with them. Her patience allows the audience to see them not merely as they are now, but as they have always been—a glimpse into their essential souls.
Description courtesy of Andy Stark. All images on this page courtesy of Grasshopper Film. Visit Grasshopper for official captions.
“Mizrahi’s circumscribed scope gives the film focus and density. We never see any caretakers, relatives or trips outside, and she allows a few subjects to grow into portraits that give a sense of the fullness of life, inflamed or blinking in and out erratically – a characterful variety of emotion, which gains gravitas from the way it’s inevitably shaded by regret or fearfulness.” – Mark Asch, Little White Lies
“Funny, startling and touching… Dreamlike… an unusually warm, complex and illuminating picture.” – Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound