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FIDELITY (SADAKAT)

Istanbul 2014 - A tense environment with demonstrations due to political repression: Asli gives shelter to a young political activist who got into a fight with the cops. The police investigate the case and end up questioning Asli's family. Her husband gets drawn into the affair. Their lives, and also their son's, start to become compromised. The situation escalates, as Asli is not willing to cooperate with the investigators.

FIDELITY is a story about interpersonal ruptures during troubled times and the longing for safety. But, above it all, it is a story about courage.


Ilker Çatak was born in 1984 in Berlin and studied Film and TV Directing in Berlin and Mittweida. Since 2012, he has been a post-graduate student at the Hamburg Media School. He has directed several commercials and the short films WHEN NAMIBIA WAS A CITY (2010), OLD SCHOOL (ALTE SCHULE, 2013), WHERE WE ARE (WO WIR SIND, 2013), and FIDELITY (SADAKAT, 2014).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2014
Director Ilker Çatak
Screenplay Georg Lippert
Cinematography Florian Mag
Cast Sanem Öge, Özer Arslan, Baris Gönenen
Producer Alexandra Staib
Production Company Hamburg Media School/Hamburg, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 25 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2
Original Version
 Turkish
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Reggio 2015, LET'S CEE 2015, STIFF Student IFF 2015, Sedicicorto 2015, Jameson Cinefest Miskolc 2015, FLICKERS Rhode Island 2015, Fresh Wave Hong Kong 2015, BUSHO Budapest 2015, Nancy-Lorraine 2015, Cinema Jove Valencia 2015, Kraljevski 2015, Euganea Padua 2015, Wiz-Art Lviv 2015, Węgiel Carbon Student FF Katowice 2015, River FF Padova 2015, Palm Springs 2015, Athens International Film and Video Festival 2015, Akbank Short FF Istanbul 2015, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrücken 2015, Molodist Kiev 2015, Camerimage 2015, Tehran 2016
Awards Best Fiction Film Kraljevo 2015, Best Editing Short Film German Cinematography Award 2015, Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award 2015, Audience Award Wendlandshorts 2015, Producer Award Sehsüchte 2015, Best Short Saarbrücken 2015, Student Oscar® 2015 (Gold), First Steps Award 2015
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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