goal is to underline
the female perspective in my movies
Article by Nazli Burcu
for Light Millennium
her book •Red, Terry Tempest Williams passionately
names a series of reasons as to why she writes:
write to make peace with things I cannot control. I write
to create red in a world that often appears black and
" I write to discover.
I write to imagine things and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change."
write to remember. I write to forget.
"I write out of my anger and into my passion. I write
because I believe in words."
write because I do not believe in words.
I write knowing words will always fall short. I write
knowing I can be killed in my own words stabbed by syntax, crucified by both understanding
and misunderstanding. .. I write because it is dangerous, a bloody risk, like love, to form words, to say the words,
to touch the source, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are, how
transient we are. "
noteworthy paragraph in William Maxwell's book of "The
starts with suggesting that
many people become writers because of their love
of reading. "White was an exception." says Maxwell. E. B. White once wrote to his brother that he still remembers,
really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when he was seven or
eight years old and thinking, "This is where I belong,
this is it".
we asked her how she first got the idea to make a movie,
Mutlu Yildirim's response was as passionate.
I was 6 years old, coming out of a movie theater and thinking
to myself "This is the reason why I was born."
Cinema's power and magic has so gotten into me. Up until
high school, the need in me to tell others stories' grew
bigger and bigger. I spent all
that time writing and directing short plays and directing
the course of my college studies, I directed 8 movies,
1 Public Service Announcement and 1 Live TV show. My final
piece, Narrow Streets, was inspired by an article my sister
had written. I took the story in that article and turned
it into a screenplay.
believe I met my own expectations for this movie, however
in my next project I•d like to go in more depth
of the characters. Actually,
my goal for the next two projects are first to
turn Narrow Streets into a feature length movie and secondly
direct a horror movie.
has some favorite directors who she admires. Among her
favorite directors she names internationally recognized
as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar
of •Talk to Her•, Ferzan Ozpetek of the sensational
trio; Hamam (Steam,
Turkish Bath), Harem Suare and His Secret Life, and Mustafa
Altioklar of "Istanbul Beneath my Wings".
But they are all men! My goal is to underline the female
perspective in my movies. Besides, especially the Turkish
think, needs more "personal" stories.
were wondering how she chose her story as well as the
cast for the movie "Narrow Streets" which was
recently screened at Village east Cinemas of Manhattan, New York.
It is really easy when you derive stories out of your
own experience. This movie is the result of all the events
that have happened around me for all those years. Those stories
found life especially in two most important women in my
mother and my sister. Out of my and their experience,
I created this movie. After all, I wanted to create something
of different generations could relate themselves to.
of the women are heart broken. It is most of the time
because of men. As I stated in my movie; •Maybe
we expect too much from them••I came to this
conclusion after witnessing all the sad moments women
went through, after all the conversations with my friends
we had about men.
movie Narrow Streets has a very unique usage of the contrast
technique. We asked Mutlu more about her technical style:
I did not only use the contrast technique but also the
freeze frame and fast zoom techniques. I used these techniques
in order to introduce the characters. I wanted them to
be understood very well. Overall, I was determined to
use the black and white technique
since the story was a drama. I used the contrast technique
to underline and emphasize the saddening events.
those heart broken women, life was either too white or
too black. They did not have the gray zone in their lives
where there would
be still hope.
how long did it take you to prepare this movie?
It took me 2 months to write/edit the script, to choose
the cast, and to shoot and edit the movie.
movie was shown along with young, experimental movie examples.
In those terms, how would you evaluate your movie?
I never needed to categorize my movie before, but it can
definitely belong to both categories. I have used techniques
which have not frequently used before and my film also
has a very distinct subject.
how are your impressions and expectations on young and
experimental movies? Are there any examples that influence
In experimental movie category, I find Brazilian and Mexican
productions very successful. They have very interesting
and creative ways
of story telling. Besides they are much more inspiring
than commercial movies.
Red, Passion and Patience in the Desert, Terry Tempest
Williams, 2001, Vintage Books.
The Outermost Dream, Literary Sketches, William Maxwell,
1956, Gray Wolf Press.
of the director, Mutlu YILDIRIM
Yildirim was born in Istanbul in 1981.Until university,
she went to Dogus High School in Istanbul.Later on, Mutlu
came to Washington, D.C. to study Film and Literature
in Cinema Studies. During her studies, she had experience
in various films,commercials, documentaries
both in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C. area where
she build my way up from Production Assistant
positions to Assistant Director positions. She,herself,also
shot 8 films,1 Public Service Announcement, and 1 live
TV show. 2
of my films, "Jane and Sarah" and True Diary:The
Story of Addiction" got honorary awards at Visions
Festivals in Washington, D.C.
Biography of Nazli Burcu YÜZAK
born in Ankara, Turkey in 1974, Nazli spent all her life
in Istanbul, one of the most inspiring cities of the world.
She always had an urge to write about things: things that
made her cry, laugh, surprised, and think... She began
writing poems at the age of 18 and currently she has more
than 50 poems. The main themes she uses in her pieces
are life, surprises in life, and disappointments in life.
the last three years, she forced herself to write longer
pieces. She started writing a weekly column for an online
magazine titled Rekor. At the same time, by writing restaurant
reviews, she managed to bring together two of her greatest
passions in life: writing and food.
sister, Mutlu Yildirim, realized how Nazli's latest article
appealed to her as a woman and how every other woman can
find herself in the story. She decided to convert Nazli's
"Narrow Streets" into a film scenario and make
a movie out of it. The movie received very positive remarks
in The New York International Independent Film and Video
Festival, where it had its first debut.