Ana von Rebeur kamuoyuna su asagidaki aciklamayi gonderdi. Bildiginiz gibi Ana von Rebeur FECO Arjantin uyesi ve Zapatos isimli karikaturu Turkiye’den bir kisa film yapimcisi Burak Apaydin tarafindan filme cekildi. Filmi seyrettigimde cok begendim ve bunu da Ana’ya yazmsitim. Ona ayrica karikturun zaten tek basina cok iyi derdini anlattigini, ama filmin baska bir sey oldugunu ve kendi basina basarili oldugunu soyledim.
Burak bey’e de ulasip filmi hakkindaki goruslerimi, ovgulerimi ilettim.
Ana von Rebeur’in asagidaki mektubu, Filmin hikayesi basligini iceriyor; icten ve guzel bir mektup. Ceviremedigim icin kusuruma bakmayin, ama yaptigi bir isi degerlendiren bir cizerin, filmi gerceklestirmis yonetmenle sohbeti olarak da algilayabilecegimiz bu yazi beni dusundurdu.
Mektuptaki tarihsel bakisi, katilanlarin karsilikli birbirlerine kapilar acmalarini, uluslarasi uzakliklarin asilmasi olgusunu, feedback denilen geriveri isleminin onemi uzerine dusundum. Yaptigi is zaten onaylanmis, odul almis ve bir de basarili olmus bir cizerin gecip gitmek yerine, urununden yola cikarak onu dusunsel olarak sahiplenmesi ve bunu yaparken bir cesit yolculuga cikmayi goze almasini, o yolculukta rastladigi cesitli ilisklerden soz etmesi ve basarinin da anaktarini sorgulama cabasini goruyoruz. Bu size ilginc ve onemli gelmiyor mu? Bildigim kadariyla cok az insan yaptigi uzerine olabildigince durustlukte boyle konusuyor, dusunce kirintilari sergiliyor; daha cok baskalarinin baskalarindan caldigi, esinlendigi vb. gibi ifsalara dair epey bir ”belge” var elimizde bildigim kadariyla, bir de ancak bir arkadasimiz bir yerde odul alirsa kutluyoruz; ama su an yapilana, neyi neden isteyerek urettildigine dair cok az soz ve sekillendirme, yani teorik calismaya rastlaniyor. Ana’nin usenmeden yaptigi bu is dolayisiyla ayrica yonetmenin de ne kadar isabetli bir secim yaptigini da dusundum.
Hem Ana’yi hem Burak bey’i tekrar kutluyorum.
Bugun benim dogum gunum. Kendime yeni cini murekkebi hediye aldim.
Hepinize guzel bir Agustos gunu diliyorum.
Not: Ana von Rebeur’un yazisi:
The story of Zapatos, the Turkish film inspired by an Argentinian cartoon
By Ana von Rebeur
When we are kids, we make a lot of funny questions about life. If later we remember them, we turn them into cartoons. Maybe a cartoonist is the person who is still able to reason like a child.
In year 2001, while living one of the biggest economical crisis in Argentina, I sent to a cartoon contest one cartoon inspired by one of this particular thought I had as a child . And I got an award , showing Freud was right when he wrote – in “ The joke and its relation with subconscient” – that laughter and humor is a human phenomenon which happens when we allow our inner selves to be children again, not knowing nothing about solemnity.
During year 2001, one not only was left jobless, but also your editors would call you to ask you for a job . Thousand of Argentineans migrated to other countries. A friend of mine offered me a job in the
When I read the regulations of Turkish Aydin Dogan Foundation International Cartoon Contest, I checked on a file of old cartoons based on thoughts I had on my childhood. And I saw this one legged man in black and white. I felt it was a little naïve , but I decided to re made it watercolors because I was sure the idea was original : I é never seen something similar before. And the worst thing cartoonists can do is do cartoons using ideas already used by another colleague.
I made the work and my kitchen table, preparing my children to leave to school. I took it to the Post Office thinking it will never arrive in time. But it did.
Some weeks later I got the news that it had been awarded at Aydin Dogan Foundation. I was invited to
When I arrived to
In the year 2006, I got an mail from the young Turkish filmmaker Burak Apaydin saying a friend of him has sent him my cartoon Zapatos, and that he wanted to make a film about it. I asked him what kind of film, and he said “ I want to tell the store of what happened before” , filmed with actors, being my cartoon the final scene . Out of sheer curiosity I said yes, as long as he sent me the film when it was finished. He told me he spent months before figuring out who was the author of the cartoon. He had a low resolution version and he couldn´t read my signature well. Burak told me later that when he told his crew that I said yes to the project “they had their heads in the ceiling “ , meaning they were very happy .
In July 2007 Burak contacted me again saying the film was finally done, participated in festivals, and was show non Turkish TV with great success. But he hasd some financial problems and couldn’t send me a video by regular post. So, I suggested him to post in You Tube. He did, and I was I saw the film, I was so moved that sent the link to all my friend and colleagues . They sent me lots of congratulations and letters telling me this idea was wonderful, and they sent the link to their contacts. I got letters >from
The 1st August. Clarín newspaper of Argentina made an article on this film, titled “From argentine cartoon to Turkish film: a filmmaker posted it in New Tube and in five days it got 2000 visits” http://www.clarin.com/diario/2007/08/01/sociedad/s-04102.htm A lot of collegues wrote me saying they were seeing a new kind of art here the combination of cartoon and film.. A week after being posted in You Tube, the film had 2400 visits and was favorited 30 times. The director is being invited to show it in films festival, like the one in
Reasons of its success
The filming of Zapatos is very well done. It took Burak one month to find the ideal actor, until yhey found Fehmi Zubeyir Suzen, an actor who lost one limb in the Turkish Army, and is in the present a basketball player in a handicapped league. A crew of 13 people worked during a week on the film, and Burka wants to thank the participation Harun Halici and Didem Acar in it. ”We worked very hard but enjoyed every minute of it “he says. When they finished the film, they went to a concert of famous classic and jazz pianist and compositor, Gulden Goksen. They told her they wanted her to make the music, and she said she would do it if she liked the film. She liked it and said yes. Gulden is a well known artist, a soloist in several orchestras of different countries ,a Prokofiev and jazz interpreter who won several awards for composing original music for films. The moving quality of her music is what gave extra strength to the film, from the mischievous climate of intrigue of the beginning to the poetry and compassion of the end. Burak and I are thankful and honoured for her work. ( her website http://www.guldengoksen.net/index_content.html” http://www.guldengoksen.net/index_content.html – email “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com)
The film was shot in
“My previous works are very dark compared to Zapatos “says the director “I loved being able to say something about the world in this film. In my previous films I filmed about politics and the situation in
The film gets around 200 new extra viewers per day, and was posted in websites of
Let´s hope the attention got by Zapatos makes Burak stimulated to go on filming and may inspire more cartoonists to use the irresistible power of You Tube, based on the fact that nobody resist the invitation to look a short, nice film. Maybe this is the beginning of a new form of art combining cartoons and filming based on the simple idea of telling a cartoon backwards. If not the case , it shows once more that cartoons have no frontiers, sensibility has no nationality and all that moves one person, moves everybody in the same way
Bravo Burak, for having an idea as simple as it is great.