Twin Stars


Mehmet Tığlı | Turkey | 2016 | 17 m

Turkish with English Subtitles

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Can and Cihan are identical twins. They live in Büyükada-Prince Island with their family. First we see their period when they are 10-years old. Can is more emotional and feverish, while Cihan is more even-tempered and dominant. At night, their family send them to get some quell water from a quell a bit further away from their house. Leaving their plastic cans by the quell, they start counting the stars in the grass area behind the quell and they choose 2 of the brightest stars of all and imagine them as their own universes. They give the names Castor and Pollux to these two stars just like in the story their granny used to tell. Castor is Cihan’s, and Pollux Can’s. On another night, the weather is very cloudy. They fail to find Pollux, which is one of the brightest stars. The same night, Can’s plastic can has been stolen by the quell, and Can is very disappointed. Cihan hugs his brother.

33 years have passed by. After their parents getting divorced, Can has been given to their father, and Cihan to their mother. Due to their nervous mother forbidding them to see each other, the brothers haven’t been able to come together for many years. Cihan lives abroad. Can is living in Istanbul with his dad. Having heard about the death of his father, Cihan returns back to his dad’s house after years. More than being concerned about his father’s death, he is enthusiastic about meeting his brother after such a long time. The come-together is filled with emotions. In the morning While Cihan walking on a crowded street a man in his thirties is walking towards him. Drawing Cihan towards the side of the street, the young man whispers something about their lovemaking. The man thinks that Cihan is in fact Can. Cihan is in shock but doesn’t reveal the fact that he is in fact Can’s twin. After that moment, he starts an introspective questioning. Can is gay and Cihan authorizes him. Cihan behaves in a very distanced way towards Can. Can doesn’t know what this is supposed to mean. Two brothers sit in the garden. Cihan is quiet. Can assumes it’s due to the psychological effect of the funeral. Cihan only tells his brother that the pattern on the couch they are sitting on is very ugly and that it would have been nicer if it was a straight fabric instead. Becoming puzzled, Can doesn’t even respond.

The next day Cihan goes out. He goes nearby his childhood’s quell. The quell doesn’t work anymore. It is getting quite dark. Cihan walks around the Old Greek Orphanage and becomes sad. While returning home he sees lost blue can of childhood in a junkman’s handbarrow. Cihan is at home at night. He sits on the sofa with the tartan pattern. He starts watching the sky. While Can is serving the coffee, Cihan tells him to sit next to him. He shows Castor with the tip of his finger. He asks his brother to find the other one. After checking for a while, Can finds Pollux. He rejoices just like a child. Can cannot make sense of his brother’s warm attitude just as he wasn’t able to make sense of his brother’s hostile attitude the day before. He lives an outburst of emotions. Leaning towards his brother Cihan whispers these words: You know what, actually this tartan pattern on this couch is in fact not that bad at all…

Fatih Dokgöz
Bahtiyar Engin
Nazan Yatgın
Tevfik Erman Kutlu
Zeynep Mucurlu
Kaan Artan
Sinan Artan


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