Screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Confession brings a chilling, Dostoevskian feel to its searing look at the disintegration of a marriage. Harun (Taner Birsel) and Nilgün (Başak Köklükaya) have been married for seven years. Their relationship seems uneventful enough, with little outward strife. Then Harun suspects his wife of having an affair, and he begins to draw apart from her. Yet he fears that confronting her might actually bring the affair into the open—or end the marriage. With excellent performances from his two leads, director Zeki Demirkubuz makes Confession into a deeply moving study of people living with unhappiness and the toll it takes on their daily lives. There are neither heroes nor villains here, just victims. — The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Zeki Demirkubuz was born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. After finishing secondary school at Gönen Teachers’ School in Isparta, he moved to Istanbul. He started high school in Istanbul, but dropped out after his first semester, going to work in factories and workshops instead. During those working class years, he engaged in leftist politics. Following the 1980 military coup he served a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization. In prison, Demirkubuz developed a passionate interest in literature. He read the classics and started writing. Dostoyevsky and especially Crime and Punishment became a lasting inspiration in those years.
After his release, he worked as a hawker, traveling from one city to another in Anatolia. In order to postpone compulsory military service, Demirkubuz decided to go back to school. He finished high school through distance learning, and entered the Department of Communications at Istanbul University. He began his film career… read more
Interesting film looking at the final remnants of a marriage where the partners have lost the ability to communicate with one another. Demirkubuz wrote a strong, mature script that doesn't demonize either party even when skirting on the issues of domestic violence, family honour and mental illness. Leads are well cast especially Koklukaya as the wife. Fitting and provoking ending.
Above: Destiny (2006). Born in 1964 in the provincial town of Isparta in southwest Turkey, Zeki Demirkubuz's life was indelibly marked by