Interview with Filmmaker Nesli Ozalp Tuncer (THE RETURN)

THE RETURN was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the September 2018 Documentary FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Nesli Ozalp Tuncer: I realized that I was always looking so far away for stories that were the subject of our films, and that I could start storytelling in my own environment. I looked at my own family and I remembered that we had an immigration story that I didn’t know. I wanted to make a movie for my family with my family. I completed the film with full motivation thanks to the harmony with my grandmother during the filming.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

In 2014, I had the idea of making a documentary about this issue. I couldn’t get the result I wanted because of lack of experience in my first attempt because my limits were sharper. I decided to try again and made the “The Return”. So from the idea stage to the finished product reached in 3 years.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Intimate, hopeful.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

I had a financial obstacle to take my grandmother to her hometown. But I think I can overcome this by using creative methods. Like VR and animation. I’m making a plan to take my grandmother to the village where her parents were born. Not give up.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was alone when I watched the video. I had tears in my eyes with a big smile on my face. I was filled with enthusiasm and immediately wanted to share it with my loved ones.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I made a list of stories in my own life, that could be the subject of the film. The subject that attracted me most in the emotional sense was the memories of my family’s exchange. I wanted to go on this journey with my family.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Spirited Away – Miyazaki

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

I think that Filmfreeway has a very comfortable and functional use. The filtering system, the system to inform us of the results is working well. I wouldn’t know how to follow the festivals in the world so easily without it.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I’m not sure but the tune of this song came to my ear. “What Else Is There? – Röyksopp”

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Yeah, I have a new film. At present, the first screening will be held in Izmir on 27 October. I’d like to share it with you next year. “Gadje in The Neighborhood” is a documentary that has been filming for 5 years. The Gadje, who went to pull the Ederlezi celebrations in a Romany neighborhood, called Tenekeli Mahalle, tells about the 5-year adventure of me and Yunus. You can find more information about the film in English at http://www.mahalledegacovar.com. After that, I have new films in my dream.

Yeah, I have a new film. At present, the first screening will be held in Izmir on 27 October. I’d like to share it with you next year. “Gadje in The Neighborhood” is a documentary that has been filming for 5 years. The Gadje, who went to pull the Ederlezi celebrations in a Romany neighborhood, called Tenekeli Mahalle, tells about the 5-year adventure of me and Yunus. You can find more information about the film in English at http://www.mahalledegacovar.com. After that, I have new films in my dream.

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