Living on the fourth floor of Emniyet Apartment Building, Mr. Mithat has, against all threats he has faced, managed to protect his collection, which he has been working on since years and that has left him with only a small space to live in. Any piece that he searches for to maintain the coherence of the collection could lead him anywhere in Istanbul. For Mr. Mithat, Istanbul is as unlimited as his collection.
For Ali, Istanbul is limited with Emniyet Apartment Building and its surrounddings. Coming from the village to Istanbul, Ali started to work as concierge in the apartment , and when his daughter contracted asthma due to the humidity in the concierge`s floor, Ali sent his family back to their home in the village for a while until the conditions were ameliorated. When the other tenants of the apartment building, out of fear of an earthquake and with the ambition to own a more valuable building, prefer to have the building demolished to be rebuilt again, Mr Mithat begins the most challenging of wars he gave for his collection. The building now ist he shared destiny of these two men who live alone. Their relationship that begins for the intactness of the collection takes on a different level with Mr. Mithat turning Istanbul over to Ali, and it ends where they change each other`s destinies unknowingly.
See I was born and I will die here And the seasons never change Scatter my ashes in the water The gods have smiled, all hail
Turkish director Pelin Esmer (“Oyun”) follows up on her début documentary short “Koleksiyoncu: The Collector” with this full-length feature loosely based on the story of her obsessive collector uncle… read review