Film - Program 9 Filmfest 2020


Directed by Deren Ercenk


Director: Deren Ercenk
Section: Program 9
Country: Germany, Turkey
Year: 2020
Language: Turkish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Lise Wolle, Dilara Raika Er, Altan Gördüm, Oktay Cagla, Ferhat Keskin, Ruhat Yildiz
18+ (no age rating)

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Heat gets to everyone one way or another, and the protagonists of BERZAH are no exception. In three short episodes set at the seaside in Turkey, the weather strains people’s physical and psychological limits. Whether it’s a vain tourist getting an excessive tan, an annoyed father in his car, or an unhappy delivery man looking for a parking space, they’re all battered by the sun.

  • Filmschool: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln

  • Duration: 25 Min.

Meet the director


Deren Ercenk

Born in Cologne, Germany, in 1989, Deren Ercenk attended the Academy of Media Arts in her hometown. BERZAH, her graduation film in 2018, received the prize for best entry in the NRW Competition at the 66th Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 2020 she received the Chargesheimer scholarship and joined the Atelier Galata artist-in-residence program in Istanbul, where she is currently working on an exhibition titled “Reklam”.


Screenplay: Deren Ercenk
Director of Photography: Paul Faltz
Production Designer: Ewa Zielinska
Sound: Tim Gorinski, Armin Badde
Sound design: Tim Gorinski, Armin Badde
Producer: Claus Reichel, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Bastian Klügel
Production Company: Filmfaust Gmbh I.g., Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Executive producer: Dølunay Gördüm