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Mehmet Tığlı – Director Biography | Monday 04.10. | 19:30 HS


This is the true story of an Iraqi male college student and a female rape victim from Syria, who come across each other in Istanbul. While the Iraqi guy is trying to get away from Istanbul as soon as possible in order to continue his education in Italy and meet his lover over there, the only thing that the woman wants is stay alive and feel secure.

Director Biography – Mehmet Tığlı

Mehmet Tığlı was born in İstanbul in 1970. He graduated from Marmara University in 1991. He completed cinema courses at İFSAK in 1989. He won best screenplay awards of Orhon Murat Arıburnu National Art Awards in 1992 and 1993. Mehmet Tığlı is also Marketing and Communication lecturer at Marmara University since 1993.

His first short film ‘Twin Stars-İkiz Yıldızlar’ was shot in June, 2016. ‘Twin Stars’ was officially selected to 59 international festivals and won 22 awards. His second film High Calorie-Yüksek Kalori was selected to 45 international festivals and won 24 awards. His third short film A Ferry Tale-Bir Vapur Masalı was officially selected to 112 international festivals and won 50 awards. His fourth film Spizella was officially selected to 115 festivals and won 61 awards. His fifth film Sycamore was officially selected to 134 festivals and won 61 awards.

Director Statement

Refuge on a highway was a shelter for victims of war.


Mehmet Tığlı
Twin Stars, High Calorie, A Ferry Tale, Spizella, Sycamore

Mehmet Tığlı

Mehmet Tığlı

Erkan Şimşir

Mina Ertem

Arzu Suriçi Kireççi
Key Cast

Mete Boyar
Key Cast

Ertan Kılıç
Key Cast

Selda Alkor
Key Cast


Project Type: Short
Runtime: 16 minutes 49 seconds
Completion Date: November 1, 2020
Production Budget: 9,000 USD
Country of Origin: Turkey
Country of Filming: Turkey
Language: Arabic, Turkish
Shooting Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35
Film Color: Color
First-time Filmmaker: No
Student Project: No