Friday 10 December 2021


Directed by Baris Sarhan

Narrative Feature (2021, Turkey, 100 mins)
UK Premiere
Screening followed by a Q&A with Baris Sarhan


A mall cop at an Istanbul shopping centre, Cemil (Ozan Celik) dreams of a film career and acting glory. Or perhaps he just wants to feel seen. Unfortunately, he is not overburdened by talent or, in fact, any charisma whatsoever. Rejected by a scornful director following a dismal audition for the villain role in a remake of a 1960s “Yeşilçam” era B-movie thriller, Cemil becomes obsessed with Turgay Goral, the actor who played the role in the original film, in this vividly styled but thematically muddy portrait of obsessive fandom and assumed identity.

This slightly absurd, darkly comic drama makes use of various film formats. ‘Archival footage’ of grainy classic Turkish black-and-white films, shot by director Bariş Sarhan, is interspersed with Cemil’s tormented life in the present. The stylish shots and characteristic, often brightly coloured, locations betray the fact that director Bariş Sarhan also works as an art director and maker of commercials.


Director: Bariş Sarhan
Producer: Umut Eǧitimici
Director of Photography: Soykut Turan
Editing: Evren Luş
Sound Design: Yalin Özgencil
Cast: Ozan Çelik, Nesrin Cavadzade, Alican Yücesoy, Cezmi Baskin, Başar Alemdar, Fuat Kökek, Ülkünur Arslan

Additional info

Country: Turkey
Year: 2021
Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Length: 100 minutes

Friday 10 December 2021
Everyman Muswell Hill
Fortis Green Rd,
London N10 3HP

Festival Selections
Rotterdam Film Festival 2021
This film will be preceded by a
short film: Bingo Bitch (4 mins)
More information here

About the Director

Bariş Sarhan was born in Istanbul. After his visual arts education,  he worked as a graphic designer, art director and  commercial film director. In 2009, he made his first short  film ‘Slippers’ and then went to New York, and studied  cinema at NYU. He continues to make moving images like  feature and short films, commercials, music videos,  animations, while creating his own visual language. The Cemil Show is his first feature film which made its World Premiere at the 50th Rotterdam Film Festival.