France, Turkey, Germany
My intention was to film my siblings and the people around them while seeking a solution. I thought things would be easier by looking through the lens of a camera as if what I film was not the real life but a filmmaker’s fantasy world.
After a trial period realizing the outcomes of documenting these events, I followed my siblings’ on-going story for over three years until 2020. I stayed behind the camera and rarely interacted with them though my presence as the eldest son of this family was felt. I travelled back to the village alone with little image and sound equipment to capture the true intimacy. In a way, I was in a privileged position to film my siblings, parents and kinsmen for they have let me dwell into their lives. I even felt like they have been waiting for someone to listen to them. I wasn’t expecting them to be that open to be filmed at any moment. For them, I was a person who was listening with a camera and I didn’t want to break this coherence. To give the camera a subjective perspective, I placed it as if it was my eyes. I tried to create a fluid structure of telling in the film wishing to follow a logic of revealing information, that is, beginning with the effects on the individuals and zooming out towards the causes, the origins.
I tried hard not to cast any moral judgment on the events; instead I wanted to let the events reveal their own meanings. Principally, I took my siblings, Mahmut and Zeynep’s point of views on their lives, how they seek a solution while still keeping the family ties intact. I looked for images to create meanings of the interior conflicts. I tried to have more than just faces and expressions. I wanted to capture these “new individuals” feelings, their helplessness while trying to create their own mode of life.
Two years after his arrival, he obtained funds from CNC and a pre-purchase from France 2 TV channel for his short film, LATIN BABYLON. The year he completed his film, he returned back to his natal village, after twenty years of absence, with an idea of shooting a documentary about his family. He managed to get national funds from France (le CNC, la Scam) to write this documentary film. He carries on living and developing his projects in Paris.
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is his first feature-length documentary.
2021 - LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES, documentary
2017 - LATIN BABYLON, short
2015 - THE BOY AND THE BIKE, short
2014 - EXPERIENCE, short
2014 - ALLEY DANCER, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Ahmet Necdet Cupur
Written by: Ahmet Necdet Cupur
Produced by: Delphine Morel, Nadir Öperli, Anke Petersen
Cinematography: Ahmet Necdet Cupur, Lucie Baudinaud
Editing: Mathilde Van de Moortel
Original Score: Paradox Paradise
Sound: Ahmet Necdet Cupur, Gürkan Özkaya, Johannes Grehl
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2021