Yazgi is the first of a planned trilogy referred as “Tales About Darkness.” Inspired from Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Yazgi is the story of Musa, a customs clerk who lives quietly with his mother. Musa believes in the emptiness and absurdity of life. He doesn’t struggle to change his life; he lets himself flow along with events because he thinks that it all leads to the same end. The death of his mother doesn’t affect him. Although he loves her, her death makes him joyful. In order to avoid any decisions he marries a girl whom he doesn’t like, because she wants it. Whereas in his world, people deal with their fate by their own will and power. Musa is arrested for the death of a mother and her two kids. However, he doesn’t react to this event either… —turkishfilmchannel.com
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
Great analysis of nihilism that is also finds the humanism behind such vision and belief. The moment in which Musa's future wife makes a decision to stay with him, despite his flat and unemotional affect, reveals a stunning observation about how we are sometimes faced with the choice for an unemotional and unattached relationship because it provides more healthy possibilities than those that are. Fascinating!
Above: Destiny (2006). Born in 1964 in the provincial town of Isparta in southwest Turkey, Zeki Demirkubuz's life was indelibly marked by
Today, we're launching a new retrospective, Chasing Shadows: The Films of Zeki Demirkubuz, on view for one full year. Zeki Demirkubuz (site