Ali Aydın’S Adana

Director Ali Aydin won the ‘Llion Of The Future’ award at the 69th Venice Film Festival for his film ‘küf’ (mold). We asked him about Adana, where the film was shot.

Why did you choose Adana to shoot the film?

We didn’t set out to shoot the film in Adana. Searching for a place to shoot is the next stage after finishing the script. During that search I found the venue in Adana where we made the shoots and was very impressed. After I found it I never looked at another place, because it had everything I was looking for and more.

If Adana takes the lead role, what does that tell us?

Çukurova… It took us about two hours on the road every morning to get to the set. During that journey I would see farmers struggling with the soil of Çukurova and I would eye them with great curiosity every day, as if I was seeing them for the first time. I still get excited when I imagine their stories, their lives, their conversations.

Autumn in Adana. How is it?

We made the shoots in January and February, but somehow you don’t feel winter in Adana. It’s like fall all winter there. Red and green, sun and rain, heat and hoarfrost… It definitely makes a deep impression on you. You get a much better understanding of writers like Yaşar Kemal and Orhan Kemal. You can almost feel why they became writers and couldn’t live without writing.