Distant Constellation

Distant Constellation is a gracious dream that takes place inside a retirement home in Istanbul, a place where time seems to hang still in the air, with characters of stories past, places far. In front of Mizrahi’s immaculate, patient, meditative camera, there are stories of childhood pain, like the one the old Armenian lady tells in a whisper. She dozes off mid-sentence, and then comes back. “I drop like that” she says. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. A pianist flirts with Mizrahi, and finally proposes to her, somewhat hesitant. Two men ride the elevator, up and down, talking about their families. Outside the retirement home, there’s a new building in construction, and workers there talk about their future plans.

Distant Constellation is a film of tensions between the inside and the outside, times past and memories that keep it real, resignation and hope. Rhythmically, the cyclical balance between life and death unfolds, and it is poetry at its finest.

Serra Ciliv

ABD Hollanda Türkiye
82'
2017

Director
Shevaun Mizrahi

Awards
Dokufest - Best Balkan Film
Doxa Documentary Film Festival – Honourable Mention
Jeonju International Film Festival – Best Picture
Locarno International Film Festival - Jury’s Special Mention
Message to Man International Film Festival St. Petersburg - Best Debut; International Federation of Cinema Societies’ Prize
Seville European Film Festival – New Waves Non Fiction Award
Tacoma Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
Vienna International Film Festival – Fipresci Prize
Yerevan International Film Festival - Golden Apricot Best Documentary Award

Festivals
24th Festival on Wheels
Around the World