German PremiereTurkey, Germany, France 2019Language:TurkishSubtitles:GermanDirector:Serhat KaraaslanWriter:Serhat KaraaslanCinematographer:Meryem YavuzEditor:Ali AgaMusic:Ayse Önder, Ümit ÖnderSound:Kai TebbelWith:Berkay Ates, Saadet Isil Aksoy, Ipek Turktan Kaynak, Fusun DemirelProducer:Undine Filter, Thomas Král, Serkan Cakarer, Serhat KaraaslanProduction Company:Departures Film GmbHDistributor:Departures Film GmbH96 min, Colour, DCP

Zadir leads a double life. During the day he censors letters in an Istanbul prison, in the evening he attends a writing course. A photo of an inmate's wife initially inspires him to write a story, but soon the Selma on the photo then becomes an obsession. Together with Emel, who loves detective stories, he goes after her. PASSED BY CENSOR is a film about the real prison world, but also about the prison in the head and how both influence each other. The director personally corresponded with a political prisoner for some time and was inspired to make this film. Originally a documentary film was planned. But there was no permission for shooting a film in a Turkish prison.

Director's Biography:Born in 1984, the director first studied pharmacy before studying drama and film at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. After three short films, PASSED BY CENSOR is his multi-award winning feature film debut.



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