Tribute Session: Meray Ülgen – Film Screening and Conversation

Friday 27 October 14:00 – Institut français & Online

Since its first year, Canlandıranlar Festival has been organising in-depth conversations with important names from the animation world in the Respect Zone. This year, animation lovers are invited to discover a forgotten film. Meray Ülgen, known as an award-winning actor, writer and director, made a silent short stop motion animation film in 1970, Bir Gün (One Day), which won the first prize at the Hisar Film Festival. However, this was his first and last animated film. In this interview with Meray Ülgen, both his forgotten animation adventure and the 70s will be discussed and the new version of the film with music will be presented to the audience. At the Canlandıranlar Festival, Bir Gün (One Day) will be screened for the first time accompanied by Süleyman Alnıtemiz’s original music.
One Day (1970) Director: Meray Ülgen Director of Photography: Berke Armay Original Music: Süleyman Alnıtemiz, 12′

About Meray Ülgen
Meray Ülgen, who is mostly known for his work in theatre and cinema, was born in 1941 in Akşehir. After attending primary school here, he continued her education in Istanbul. Meray Ülgen, who studied at the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences, has been interested in caricature, cinema and acting since his youth. During his student years, he won the first prize in the cartoon competition organised by TMTF. He completed the animated film Bir Gün (One Day), which he wrote and directed, with his cameraman friend Berke Armay in 1970. This film won the first prize in the 4th Hisar Short Film Competition. Since 1972, the artist has been living in Germany, where he founded the Berlin Players group with Engin Akçelik. Afterwards, he worked as an actor, director and writer in various theatre groups, especially in Berlin Schaubühne. He worked internationally on children and youth issues with the Wupper Theatre and wrote children’s plays. He acted in Botho Strauss’ Gross und Klein at the Schaubüchne Theatre under the direction of Peter Stein. He received the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival for his role in the film Takva (2006) directed by Özer Kızıltan. His cartoons have been exhibited in many cities, especially in Istanbul and Berlin. Meray Ülgen lives in Berlin with his wife, a set and costume designer.

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