DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Bachelor House

The Bachelor House

Life is no picnic, especially not for a Kurdish bachelor in Istanbul. Seven single seasonal workers from Eastern Anatolia live in a dilapidated house in the metropolis. The men from two generations form an unusual flat sharing community. They live and sleep at extremely close quarters, sharing a single shower, which occasionally leads to heated arguments: typical flat share disputes about doing the dishes or tidying up. The older among them settle them with fatherly authority.

The protagonists talk about their origins and dreams. The German filmmaker Dirk Schäfer, who has lived in Istanbul for a long time, interweaves their poetic descriptions with sensitive observations of their partnership of convenience. Experiences of social discrimination and chicanery leave their traces, but humour and friendship make their life easier – or, as one of the “bachelors” puts it with a touch of humour: Now he is a street seller of Ottoman sugar paste to lend some sweetness to his life.

Annina Wettstein


Original Title: Bekar Evi – Das Junggesellenhaus Country: Germany Year: 2019 Language: Kurdish, Turkish Subtitle: English, German Runtime: 76 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Dirk Schäfer Producer: Dirk Schäfer Cinematographer: Nikola Krivokuca Editor: Dirk Schäfer Music: Deborah Wargon Sound: Metin Bozkurt

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