Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen – Ebedi Dönüs (NL, 2010, 34'03") at Foam Pop In
When he arrives at home, a weary soldier is embraced by his sisters and his mother for several minutes. Baroque opera music accompanies the scene. A widow speaks with a medium on television and thereby comes into contact with her deceased husband. Two lovers lash out at each other violently and then part melodramatically. These are a few moments from 'Ebedi Dönüs' ('Eternal Return'), a video work developed by Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen during a residency in Istanbul, from 1 September 2009 to 1 March 2010 at Platform Garanti. 'Ebedi Dönüs' was shot in a studio for the most part, on a set designed by the artists and carried out in greyish hues.
Loneliness, love and family: these universal themes make up the leitmotif of a film which provides a specific view of the modern-day human condition. 'Ebedi Dönüs' is made as a loop without a beginning or end, comprised of individual narratives. It is a strange mixture of elements from Turkish soaps, the poems of the Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet (1902-1963), opera and modern video art.
The roles were played by actors who have had parts in Turkish television series and films. (Among them is Hatice Aslan, an actress from the Nuri Bilge Ceylan film 'Three Monkeys', for which the prize Best Director was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.) The soap actors have been taken out of their usual contexts and placed in an abstract space of grey cubes. This minimalist, theatrical setting gives prominence to their acting.
Distributed by: Netherlands Media Art Institute / NIMk Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam
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