Pelin Esmer’s Kastamonu

PELİN ESMER WON THE AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR AT THE ADANA GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL. WE ASKED HER ABOUT THE CITY IN WHICH SHE SHOT IT HER FILM.

How did you get to know Kastamonu?
The Black Sea is the part of Turkey that has the most fire lookout towers. We started our search in Kastamonu and found everything we had dreamed of.

Where in Kastamonu did you shoot the film?
Mostly in Tosya. Our fire lookout tower is in a wonderful forested area near Tosya called Dipsizgöl. Tosya Market is one of a handful of places that have managed to preserve their identity in terms both of appearance and of the local tradesmen. There is a very extensive market that is set up on Mondays.  I came across more varieties of mushrooms there than I have ever seen in my life. We went to Cide for our forest shoots and to Şenpazar for our town shoots. Cide’s long coastline was also as impressive as its forests, especially in winter.

If Kastamonu had been in the lead role, what would it have told us?
Mostly I got to know Tosya and Cide in Kastamonu. It’s an amazing atmosphere, entirely unexpected. Sun, rain, fog, snow, lightning - they can all appear out of the blue. If Kastamonu had been in the lead role, it would have shown us where the bears’ dens are and told us about the garrulous birds and the bewitching lightning-struck, half-dead trees that still stand erect. 

Kastamonu Castle is even more beautiful at night thanks to illumination.

Everything from the galleries to the pulpit and prayer niche are made of wood at Kasabaköy Mahmut Bey Mosque.

Old mansions and Nasrullah Kadı Mosque.
      
An old mansion in Kastamonu city center.