Film 'Our Despair' competed at Berlin festival

Turkish director, screenwriter and producer Seyfi Teoman, whose films “Summer Book” and “Our Grand Despair” screened at the Berlin Film Festival, died May 8 after weeks in an Istanbul intensive care unit in the wake of a traffic accident on April 16. He was 35.

After Teoman’s first film, the short “Apartment,” won awards at a number of festivals, his feature debut, “Summer Book,” premiered at Berlin in 2008; it received the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul Film Festival later that year and drew the European Discovery of the Year prize at the European Film Awards 2008.

His sophomore feature, “Our Despair,” competed in the Berlinale in 2011.

Teoman had recently produced the Emin Alper-directed film “Beyond the Hill,” which took the Caligari Award at Berlin this year and drew Istanbul’s Golden Tulip in April. His two features also screened in the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival.

He had been working on his third film, “Evilya” (Saints).

The filmmaker attended the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. “Apartment” was his graduation project.

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