Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Godehard Giese, Jörg Schüttauf, Oğulcan Arman Uslu
We are thrilled to have opened our very first virtual film festival with the NorCal Premiere of “I Was, I Am, I Will Be, featuring a live virtual Q&A with Director Ilker Çatak following the Nov. 19th 7:30 PM screening. This virtual cinema presentation was viewable across the state of California.
Opposite worlds collide when Baran, a Turkish gigolo meets Marion, a German pilot, on the beaches of Marmaris. In his pursuit of a better life in Europe, Baran convinces Marion to take him back to Germany, but what starts as an arrangement begins to develop into something deeper. An examination of life’s unpredictability and progression from a troubled past, to a complicated present and the hopeful promise of the future.
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As a general courtesy, due to high demand and limited viewing restrictions, please register only if you are able to view the film during the set time.
Ilker Çatak studied directing in Berlin and Hamburg, where he graduated in 2014. His graduation film SADAKAT received many international awards including the Student Academy Award in Gold in 2015. Çatak’s directorial credits include an adaptation of the award-winning youth novel, Once Upon A Time In Indian Country, which received a German Academy Award nomination in 2017. In 2019 Ilker Çatak directed I Was, I Am, I Will Be, his second feature film, which was awarded the prize for best screenplay at the Munich Film Festival, as well as a German Academy Award. Ilker Çatak’s new film Stambul Garden (Räuberhände) was released in German cinemas in September 2020, and will hit international theatres in April 2021.