Ömer Kavur recreates Zebercet, the receptionist of a sad, bleak hotel in a small Anatolian town, adapting him from Yusuf Atılgan’s novel in an attempt that seemed risky to others. A film about loneliness and solitude, obsession and depression, evidently one of the most painful films in Turkish cinema. Here we have the story of the disintegration of someone who is unaware of the thin ice he stands on. The tragic Zebercet, hopelessly awaits the return of a mysterious woman who once came with the Ankara train and stayed a single night in the hotel, turning this ‘dream-real’ woman into an obsession. He gradually moves away from the reality of everyday life and becomes increasingly introverted, a process reflected in the hotel itself. The film creates the reality of closed spaces and a dream-like atmosphere reminiscent of Kubrick’s The Shining. –Karoly Vary International Film Festival
Ömer Kavur (18 June 1944 – 12 May 2005) was a Turkish film director, producer and screenwriter. He directed 14 films between 1974 and 2003. His film Gece Yolculuğu was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. Nine years later, his film Akrebin Yolculuğu was screened in the same section at the 1997 Festival. In 2005, he died of lymphoma in his own house at Teşvikiye. —Wikipedia
"...ruhunda kasvetin suyunu buldu/ kimdir/ olsa olsa bir otel katibidir/ bir otel katibi her yerde bir otel katibidir/ gözlüklü ve tedirgindir/ hiç yıkanmamış gibidir, parmakları sarıdır/ ön dişleri çürüktür, avuçları terlidir/ yıllar var ki bir kumaş düşler kendine/ ve bu yüzden olacak sanki biraz terzidir..."