World Premiere

When I'm Done Dying

Local title
Veel üks hingetõmme
Original title
Bir Nefes Daha
Director
Nisan Dağ
Country
Turkey, Germany, USA
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

Turkish writer-director Nisan Dağ rose to prominence six years ago with her debut feature, “Across the Sea”, which she co-directed with Esra Saydam and which was awarded at multiple festivals. Inspired by the hip-hop culture of Istanbul, she is presenting her much anticipated sophomore feature “When I’m Done Dying”.

Set in a rough neighbourhood of Istanbul, the story follows Fehmi (Oktay Çubuk), a talented 19-year-old rapper who is addicted to bonzai, a cheap synthetic and deadly drug, jeopardizing any success for his music career. Fehmi will cross paths with Devin (Hayal Köseoğlu), a 25-year-old upperclass DJ, who is also a lost soul. They will fall hard for each other, and by spending time together, they will find love and the inspiration they were lacking, which will be expressed through music. However, the simultaneously passionate and troubling relationship between this odd couple will soon become quite toxic.

Fascinated by the passion of Istanbul’s raging youth for rap, Dağ portrays their subculture by delivering an emotional rollercoaster that is blending elements of independent cinema, harsh reality, and animation. By working with emerging talents and non-actors, she is recreating the underground environment where her heroes live in, while she is also collaborating with acclaimed Turkish rappers, including Da Poet, offering a subtle authenticity to a film that can touch everyone.

Vassilis Economou

Jury Prize for The Best Director

Director
Nisan Dağ
Cast
Oktay Çubuk, Hayal Köseoğlu, Ushan Çakir
Producer
Muge Ozen, Jessica Caldwell, Jim Wareck, Yagmur Unal, Kanat Dogramaci, Dorothe Beinemeier
DoP
John Wakayama Carey
Editor
Kristen Swanbeck, Özcan Vardar
Runtime
Language
Turkish

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening090103 / Veel üks hingetõmme
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsNisan Dag, Oktay Cubuk
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening095002 / Veel üks hingetõmme
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall Athena Center Tartu
Screening102102 / Veel üks hingetõmme
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 8 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening160603 / Veel üks hingetõmme
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Q&A with the filmmaker