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10 to 11

11’e 10 kala · dir. Pelin Esmer
Turkey, Germany, France 2009, 110’
Polish premiere

10 to 11 is the story of a passionate collector Mithat and the concierge of the building, Ali. For Mithat Istanbul is as vast as his collections and for Ali is nothing more than a few blocks around the building. When the neighbors decide to have the building rebuilt with the fear of earthquake and the wish for a more valuable house, Mithat’s most challenging struggle to save his collections begins. The building becomes the common destiny of these two men living alone. Their relationship that begins with the collaboration to save the continuity of the collections changes track with Mithat’s handing Istanbul over to Ali and ends when they involuntarily change each other’s fate.

Director:Pelin Esmer
Screenplay:Pelin Esmer
Cinematography:Özgür Eken
Editing:Ayhan Ergürsel, Pelin Esmer, Cem Yildirim
Cast:Nejat Isler, Mithat Esmer, Laçin Ceylan, Tayanç Ayaydin
Awards:Nagroda Specjalna Jury / Special Prize Of The Jury (MFF / IFF Istambul 2009); Najlepszy Film / Best Film, Najlepszy Scenariusz / Best Screenplay (Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2009); FIPRESCI Award (2009); Najlepszy Film / Best Film (Rotterdam Film Festival)

Pelin Esmer was born in 1972 and grew up in Istanbul. After she majored in sociology in Istanbul, she attended the cinema workshop of the Turkish director Yavuz Ozkan. She worked as a first assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign projects, including documentaries, features and commercials. She gave lectures about documentary film-making at Istanbul Kadir Has University in Istanbul.


  • 2002: The Collector
  • 2005: The Play
  • 2009: 10 to 11