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10 TO 11

by Pelin Esmer


When Mithat gets asthma due to all the dust in his apartment, he employs the building’s concierge, 34-year old Ali to do chores for him, buying items for his collection and hunting for the elusive encyclopedia. Ali has a completely different background, having moved to Istanbul from a small village in attempt to earn money for his family. Until Mithat’s request, his life is confined to the building and while he initially fears the outside world, this turns out to be an opportunity to explore outside life. Mithat’s neighbours have received an offer to move out of the building to a new, better block of apartments. But Mithat doesn’t want to leave his place and move the collection which would be practically impossible, given its size. That’s why the neighbours try to sabotage him, calling public utility inspectors in attempt to declare his apartment a hazard to the safety of the building.

international title: 10 to 11
original title: 11'e 10 kala
country: Turkey, France, Germany
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Pelin Esmer
release date: FR 13/04/2011, DE 28/04/2011
screenplay: Pelin Esmer
cast: Nejat İşler, Mithat Esmer, Laçin Ceylan, Tayanç Ayaydin, Savas Akova
cinematography by: Özgür Eken
film editing: Ayhan Ergürsel, Pelin Esmer, Cem Yildirim
producer: Pelin Esmer, Tolga Esmer, Nida Karabol Akdeniz, Mustafa Dok, Juliette Sol
production: Stromboli Films, ARTE France Cinéma, Sinefilm (TR)
distributor: Arizona Films Distribution, Peripher Filmverleih
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