RANDOM ATTEMPTS

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Synopsis

A question as old as history: Why keep living? Beyond fulfilling our societal roles, do we have the right to be unhappy? For Ayla, having no problems doesn’t mean all is well; life’s monotony is reason enough to attempt suicide. Somehow her attempts fail, but she doesn’t stop trying...

 

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Crew

Directed by
Doğuş Özokutan Çiftcioğlu
Vasvi Çiftci
oğlu

Screenplay
Doğuş Özokutan Çiftcioğlu

Director of Photography
Pieter Verburg

Editing
Tim Klok

Music
İnal Bilsel

Sound Design
Frank Van Bracht
(Studio Make)

Voice over
Hatice Tezcan

Voice Over Recording
Çağıl İşgüzar
(Opus Music Records)

Crane Operator
Mete Azizoğlu

Set Dressing
Rıza Şen

Color Grading
Pieter Verburg

Translation
Aydın Mehmetali

Producer
Doğuş Özokutan Çiftcioğlu

CAST

Ayla: Hatice Tezcan

Friend 1: Gizem Oktay
Friend 2: Serpil Görçin
Friend 3: Nur Köprülü
Friend 4: Simge Eğitmen
Friend 5: İbrahim Özgü
Friend 6: Serkan Tansel
Psychologist: Derviş G. Zeybek

Web Design
Engin Aluç

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World Premiere

18th of April 2015, Texas USA – 48th Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

 

Cyprus premiere

21st of October, Limassol Cyprus – 5th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC)

 

 

Awards

Platinium Remi Award [Comedy-Black/Dark] – 48th Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, April 2015, USA

 

1st Prize –3rd Seattle Turkish Film Festival (STFF), November 2015, USA

 

Special Mention – 5th Macaé Cine – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Macaé, November 2015, Brazil

 

 

Official Selections

 

48th Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, April 2015, USA

 

5th FARCUME (Festival de Curtas-Metragens de Faro), August 2015, Portugal

 

27th Golden Diana Awards, Augusts 2015, Austria

 

3rd Biennial Edition of CinéWomen Magazine, August 2015, Italy

 

5th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, October 2015, Cyprus

 

3rd Seattle Turkish Film Festival (STFF), November 2015 USA

 

5th Macaé Cine – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Macaé, November 2015, Brazil

 

1st Västerås Filmfestival, November 2015, Sweden,

 

16th Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu, February 2016, Chile

 

3rd Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Shorty Week, March 2016, Spain

 

4th ClujShorts International Short Film Festival, April 2016, Romania

 

9th Women and Minorities in Media, April 2016, USA

 

28th Filmfest Dresden, April 2016, Germany

 

2nd Kiné, Muestra de Cortometrajes Puebla, April 2016, Mexico

 

1st Eskishortfest, April 2016, Turkey

 

10th FestiCortos LaUnion Valle, April 2016, Colombia

 

3rd China Women's Film Festival, May 2016, China

 

7th Salón Internacional de la Luz, May 2016, Columbia

 

6th Prokupacki Festival Kratkog Filma, May 2016, Serbia

 

16th Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Cine a la Calle, May 2016, Colombia

 

6th SEE Film Festival, May-June 2016, Germany & France & China

 

2nd Tlanchana Fest Festival de Cine y Arte Digital, June 2016, Mexico

 

8th Festival de cine corto de Salamanca, June 2016, Spain

 

18th Shorts Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2016, June 2016, Japan [OSCAR QUALIFYING] 


1st Paphos International Film Festival Cyprus, June 2016, Cyprus 


12th Rwanda Film Festival [aka Hillywood], July 2016, Rwanda 


12th Monterrey International Film Festival [Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey], August 2016, Mexico


3rd Cyprus Comic Con, September 2016, Cyprus


8th Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de temática social (FICBE), October 2016, Spain


7th Festival internacional del cortometraje (FIC 2016), October 2016, Argentina


19th Icaro Festival Internacional de Cine, October 2016, Guatemala


11th Annual Hamilton Film Festival, November 2016, Canada


35th Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, November 2016, Canada

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Press

 

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About the Directors

 

Doğuş Özokutan Çiftcioğlu [co director]

Doğus Özokutan is a script writer, director and journalist. After studying international relations and mastering in economics, she first worked as a stockbroker, then changed careers to realize her dreams. She has several documentaries co directed with Vasvi Çiftcioğlu. Random Attempts is her first professional short film.

 

Vasvi Çiftcioğlu [co director]

Vasvi Çiftcioğlu is a director and journalist. He studied Radio, TV and Film, and has been working in Cypriot media for more than fifteen years. He has made several oral history documentaries and attended various international festivals. Random Attempts is his first professional short film.

 

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Directors Statement

 

This film is the end product of a depressive period I lived through and the readings I have done about the meaning of life and suicide… So my starting point was similar to the films character. I continuously search for the answers to these questions:  “What is the meaning of life? What does one live for? Why should we keep on living?”

When I couldn’t find any answer to these questions I sink into a deep depression.

Similar to my position, our films character Ayla has a job, she doesn’t have major health problems, and she has friends… Basically she has no big drama in her life. But are these enough to be happy? Not really…

The original concept for the film was to motivate people think about or question the true meaning of life.

Random Attempts is a dark comedy which tries to create an empathy towards depressed people and motivate people to question their existence in this world and modern societies. Moreover, it aims to question suicide…

 

Doğuş Özokutan

 

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