THE DIAMOND SEA

Earning her living by selling pinwheels, pumpkin seeds and occasionally reciting blessing prayers for couples posing by the sea, a free-spirited peddler roams around the forsaken shores of the Bosphorus. She crosses paths with heartbroken teenagers, confronts an obnoxious admirer, exorcists, and exhibitionists. She mingles with fellow street sellers, fisherwomen, treasure-hunters and garbage collectors, all enclosed in a dreamy microcosm of their own.
 
Like frogs gathered around a pond, they only have each other - and the timeworn, yet still glitter-ing, Diamond Sea.

2020 | 3.00:1 | 2K DCP | 25fps | Color | 5.1 | Turkish w/ English subtitles | 18'

Cast 
İpek Türktan Kaynak, 
Ali Seçkiner Alıcı, Mustafa Uzunyılmaz,
Hüseyin Sevimli, Şirin TaşpınarUlaş Akarsu, Günsu Sarı, Yenak Özkarslıoğlu, Türev Cin, Ömer Şerif Arısan, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Simge Güneş, Asra Çıra, Manolya Akdemir, Zeynep Tümertekin, Berktan Alphan, Hülya Ekşigil,
Sezer Türksoy, Azade Simavi, Ulaş Yılmaz, Süleyman Simavi 

Writer & Director Arda Ekşigil
Producers Sinan KesovaÖykü Canlı, Alara Hamamcıoğlu
Co-producer Harun Simavi
Director of Photography Meryem Yavuz
Production Designer Natali Yeres
Editor Can Eskinazi
Sound Designer Cenker Kökten
Sound Recordist Ahmet Burak GürbüzSertaç Selvi
Color Grading *
First Assistant Director Ozan Yoleri
Focus Puller Neslihan Siligür
Assistant Directors Manolya AkdemirAslı Özoğuz
Make-up Murat Polat
Set Decorator Eda Çekemci
Key Grip Serdar Karaibiş
Digital Imaging Technicians Yusuf ArıkÖzgün Ersoy 
Second Assistant Camera Ümit Aksu
Third Assistant Camera Eren Akgül
Boom Operator Sinan İnce
Production Assistant Batuhan Çakma
Catering Hülya Ekşigil
Transportation Haluk AtaçHüseyin KaramanVolkan Altunbaş
Generator Truck Driver Naci Acar

SCREENINGS
40th Istanbul Film Festival - Short Film Competition


DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY

Arda Ekşigil is a Turkish-Canadian director born in Istanbul in 1989. After finishing the Lycée Français Pierre Loti in Istanbul in 2007, he studied Ancient Philosophy, Literature and Archeology at the University of Montreal. He obtained a master’s degree from McGill University specializing in early modern Ottoman History. He is currently based in Istanbul and works mainly as a director, screenwriter and translator (translated books: My Brother Che, Can Yayınları, 2017, from French to Turkish)
 

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