Kundura Cinema Collaborates with Square Eyes

Kundura Cinema offers a short break during self-quarantine with a special online
screening programme entitled “A Promenade from the Inside”. The curated selection
of short films offers audiences a virtual getaway from the city and an opportunity to
reconnect with nature.

Discover a new world with a short film!

Kundura Cinema collaborates with Square Eyes, a film distribution agency working with
major film festivals including International Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival
and International Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) to realise this special screening
programme. Selected across different genres, “A Promenade from the Inside” presents 10
award winning short films from Brazil, Greece, Netherlands, and USA, offering
audiences a virtual getaway from the current lockdown caused by the COVID-19 breakout
and a tool to connect with nature to re-discover themselves. “A Promenade from the Inside”
is available to watch online via www.beykozkundura.com for free until July 1, 2020.

“A Promenade from the Inside” Short Film Selection
Enamoring the visitors by its never-ending energy, the streets of Sao Paulo where there is
always chaos are illustrated once again by the Dutch director Douwe Dijkstra in his
experimental documentary of 2016 entitled Green Screen Gringo. Dijkstra opens the door
of an enchanting, but chaotic Brazil to the audience on a green screen and depicts a portrait
of the modern Brazil in the eyes of a foreigner.

Directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan take the audience to Palm Beach County, one
of the most popular regions of Florida in Roadside Attraction which premiered in 2017 at
Toronto Film Festival. A curious crowd expanding more and more on a busy highway. A
plane in park, which has just landed on International Palm Beach Airport and hundreds of
people with different demographic characteristics pull over and set foot outside with the
same eagerness: in a desire to see this historical plane and show on their social media
accounts that they succeeded in being so close to this plane. Who knows, maybe the
majority dream themselves as that very special passenger of the plane for an instant.
Directors, who find very absurd and artificial this crowd pausing their journeys just to take a
picture of a plane, record this curious crowd for about eight hours and come up with the
documentary titled Roadside Attraction eventually.

In the film Nature: All Rights Reserved, produced in 2016, Dutch director Sebastian
Mulder illustrates the nature simulations the modern society commune with in the course of
daily life, the director makes the audience think of a couple of questions: How much does
the artificial nature manage to satisfy the urbanites? Can it take the place of real nature? Are
we satisfied with what we have substituted nature for in an era where nature is roughly
destroyed and facing extinction? Leaving the audience alone with all these questions, the
film reminds us in a vital way how we drift away from nature each passing day within the
ordinary course of urban life and how we destroyed what is real, to produce artificial nature.
When the last ferry of the season edges away from the lovely island in southeast France,
Corsica and all visitors move to the opposite shore, two close friends, Marc-Antoine and
Mickael are in hesitation once again, just like every year: Should they stay in the island and
maintain their lives with limited opportunities; or should they enjoy the limitless opportunities
on the opposite shore? The Summer and All The Rest directed by Sven Besser, of which
premiere was held at Venice Film Festival in 2018 centers around these questions where It
becomes more challenging than they expected to give up all their present routines, leave
their beloved ones and comfort zone behind for taking a step to the unknown.

Dutch director Noël Loozen depicts a classical “love at first sight” story in combination with
absurd elements and takes the audience to a journey between the reality and imaginary
world in the comedy film Spoetnik the international premiere of which took place at Berlinale
in 2016. Main character Sam meets with Gilles, a fast food seller, as a result of a little
accident. This absurd love story the director enriches with sparkly and colorful frames have
autobiographical elements.

Director Wouter Stoter takes the audience to an off day of a married man named Erik in A
Day Off produced in 2015. What do you think a married man and a father of three in his 40s
does on his off day? Does he do the mowing his wife told him to do; or does he try to flirt
with the sexy nanny sunbathing right next door? Well, why does he start dealing with the
grass mower immediately after the nanny shows interest as a result of his various tricks to
draw her attention? Is it really the admiration of her that puts him to so much trouble; or is it
the “family man” tag he owns and a sort of denial of the lifestyle accompanying this?
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Travellers Into The Night, a short film by the Bosnia-Herzegovina director Ena
Sendijarević in 2013 invites the audience to a gas station on the highway. A dark sky,
woman working all alone inside… Passengers drop by all night long. These people she does
not know at all enter into her life somehow and then leave her all alone in the deserted
station; until an unexpected visitor arrives and changes all this routine. Getting credit in more
than 50 festivals, Travellers Into The Night now meets its audience at Kundura Cinema.
Greek director Jacqueline Lentzou takes the audience to main character Jay’s dream which
he remembers with melancholy and distress, in the short movie entitled Hiwa, which has
made its premiere at Berlinale in 2017. Director not only adopts a lyrical style, but also
makes reference to many public issues in the nightmarish dream we follow in Jay’s eyes for
11 minutes.

The Icelandic director Victor van der Valk invites the audience to experience a feeling hard
to define and understand in his short movie of 29 minutes titled Otto the Oblivious, which
held its premiere in 2014 at San Sebastian International Film Festival. The main character
Onno, who desires to get rid of this feeling he is obsessed with and wants to be just like
everyone else, takes a journey towards the past; searches for the answers that when, where
and how this strange feeling has started. However, he falls more into and eventually caught
up in this feeling.
In the documentary Homeland of 2014, director Nathalie Crum addresses the states of
walking away and remaining behind in a poetic style. The movie starts with the sentence,
“Where I am from, one does not simply walk away. You would be mad to try”, leaves the
audience alone with questions on feeling secure. People may walk away for good willingly or
unwillingly. But the main question is: How can those left behind know that the person is
never coming back? Searching for the answers of different questions silently, the
documentary invites the audience into a questioning full of obscurities, which certainly
makes this pursuit more meaningful.

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