Berfi D. Öğüt

Scriptwriter

Born:

18.04.1978, İzmir (Turkey)

Education: 

Academy of İstanbul
Paris Ateliers Cinema
Faculty of Engineering

Place of Residence:

Istanbul (Turkey)

Writes in Languages:

Turkish, English

Biography

Berfi D. Öğüt was born in İzmir. After Faculty of Engineering she went to France for cinema and language lessons. At Akademi İstanbul she studied dramaturgy. In 2004 she wrote novel “A Strange Fury”. She shot her short film MOMENTARY GLANCE in 2005. In 2008, she shot T.V. film APRIL FISH. She worked on subject of Lausanne Treatment and Turkish and Greek cultural heritages in Thessaloniki and İzmir, in 2012 she realized documentary film GRANDCHILDREN OF THE LOST LANDS and then she worked on enrollment of girl students in East of Turkey and she realized documentary film VIOLETS BLOOMING IN THE SNOW.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

KARDEŞLİK / FRATERNITY

feature film
developed script

FRATERNITY is the touching story of two siblings, based on the dreams and values of two children and the tragedy of their parents’ divorce.

Attached to the project: director, producer, co-producer
Looking for: co-writer, producer, co-producer

Keywords: drama, childhood, imagination, fairy-tales, family

SOLMAYAN HATIRALAR / UNFADING MEMORIES

feature fiction
developed script

Is it necessary for biological bond to exist in order to consider someone a mother or a father? A woman, feeling indebted to a woman who helped her when she was younger, decides to reciprocate by helping a girl in a difficult situation.

Attached to the project: director, producer, co-producer
Looking for: co-writer, producer, co-producer

Keywords: drama

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2014 VIOLETS BLOOMING IN THE SNOW, documentary, writer/director/producer – TRT International Documentary Film Awards: First Prize in National Professional Category; Lake of Van: Best Director
2010 GRANDCHILDREN OF THE LOST LANDS, feature documentary,
writer/director – Antalya Film Festival: National Documentary Film Award
2008 APRIL FISH, TV film, writer/director/producer
2005 A MOMANTARY GLANCE, short film, writer/director/producer – International Film Festival, National Short Film Awards: Second Award
1999 PROPAGANDA, feature film by Sinan Çetin, actress

My five favourite films

  1. Rashomon (1951)
    by Akira Kurosava
  2. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
    by Ingmar Bergman
  3. A Man and a Woman (1966)
    by Claude Lelouch
  4. The Lives of Others (2006)
    by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  5. Amelie (2001)
    by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE, THE BATHROOM – DAY
Yağmur and Rüzgar enter the bathroom, Yağmur through to the rubbish broken trinket and she washes her hand. While she is cleaning her hands Rüzgar takes off his clothes until he is almost naked. Yağmur finishes washing her hands and starts taking off her clothes while looking for washbowl to put water inside. Yağmur finds one washbowl. She is in her underwear only. She starts pouring the water inside and Rüzgar helps her. After that she finds a magazine in the bathroom and snatches a paper from magazine and the children make a sheep from the paper which they snatched and Yağmur give to Rüzgar that paper sheep and Rüzgar floats the paper sheep in the washbowl. Yağmur snatches one more paper from magazine and this time she makes a paper sheep for herself.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, where is America?
          YAĞMUR
America is far away.
          RÜZGAR
How far away, is as far as to
grandmother’s house?
          YAĞMUR
No, more.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, what is America like?
          YAĞMUR
America is such a beautiful
place.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, can you tell me
American tale?
          YAĞMUR
Once upon a time there was a
big land called America and
where bees with velvet-vignette
butterflies visit the flowers
and flies branch to branch and
ballad eyes birds join them
while they sing a song. There
live many sunny hair and see
eyes children. Therefore a
legend the sun mostly smiles
especially over there to the
children and shed its beautiful
colors of lights on the
children.
          RÜZGAR
Sister can you tell me about
our mother?
          YAĞMUR
Our mother has a big white
winged horse. Every day she
flies to the clouds and gathers
the sun one by one.
          RÜZGAR
Does she eat clouds?
          YAĞMUR
Yes… The most delicious are the
clouds.
Rüzgar keeps going on to float the paper sheep and Yağmur floats her paper sheep behind him.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, look, my sheep goes to
America!
Rüzgar faster floats to the paper sheep.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, will our mommy turn
back from America?
          YAĞMUR
No, she won’t.
          RÜZGAR
Sister, I miss our father.
          YAĞMUR
Me too!
          RÜZGAR
Sister, won’t we go back to
our father’s house anymore?
          YAĞMUR
We will.
          RÜZGAR
When?
          YAĞMUR
When we find an eye for Ecem.
          RÜZGAR
An eye?
          YAĞMUR
Look, this is secret okay, you
must never, ever tell it to
anybody else. Promise me.
          RÜZGAR
Promise.
          YAĞMUR
Look my brother, I will find an
eye for Ecem, a real eye! After
that our father will forgive
us, is it clear?
          RÜZGAR
Yes, sister.
Yağmur gets bored of floating the sheep.
          YAĞMUR
You play here and I will take a
shower.
Rüzgar keeps playing with paper sheep, while Yağmur takes a shower. 
          YAĞMUR
I have done my shower. Now,
it’s your turn.
Rüzgar get into the bathtub and he tries to wash himself. Yağmur covers on towel and approaches her brother to help him wash himself.

My favourite film quote

“If people do not trust each other this world will return to hell.”

Rashomon (1951)