What is Ata about?
Ata is the 26 min short film of co-directors Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti. I met this young couple in 2009 during the Istanbul Film Festival. I'm looking forward to their first feature-film. Ata tells the story of Turkish girl Ceyda and Uygur Turk Ahatjan and their friendship. Ceyda goes to France to meet her boyfriend. Her boyfriend has to travel and leaves her alone in his flat. The next building is being refurbished and an illegal immigrant Uygur Turk Ahatjan is working there. He left his family behind escaping political problems back in China. The two isolated souls find in each other a father-daughter relationship. The story itself is touching and the beautiful visuals make it even better. Watching the short I thought it could well be a wonderful feature-length. I hope the duo could shoot their first-feature film soon.