Interview with Filmmaker Mehmet Tığlı (SPIZELLA)

SPIZELLA was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the January 2020 European Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mehmet Tığli: Success of my former short films motivated me to shoot Spizella.

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

4 months

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

Sad and provoking


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

To find an old home which is suitable to story was the hardest obstacle.

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

I have been so much happy when I watched the feedback video. Because all the views were true.

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

I came up with the idea of Spizella with analysis and research about death, mourning, psychological violence and crossdressing.

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

Rear Window

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

It’s global and transparent

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

I have a new script about refugees in Turkey. I’m planning to make it in Fall.

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