Burçak Uzen Açik

Scriptwriter

Born:

17.12.1978, Istanbul, Turkey

Education: 

MA: Department of Cinema, Fine Arts Faculty, Beykent University

BA: Communications Faculty, Marmara University

Place of Residence:

Istanbul (Turkey)

Writes in Languages:

Turkish

Biography

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Marmara University – Communications Faculty, Burçak Üzen Açık got her master’s degree from Beykent University – Fine Arts Faculty, Department of Cinema. She worked in various advertising agencies as a copywriter and in the production department. After she produced several short films as a producer, writer and director, in 2016 she directed and written her first feature film BEGINNER with support fromTurkish Ministry of Culture. 

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

HAVA’NIN TOHUMU / OFFSPRING

feature fiction
developed script 

Offspring describes a magical journey through a woman’s inner world. The adventure of Hava, who makes this journey, represents the subconsciousness of a young urban woman during the ‘abortion’ process. 

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

Keywords: abortion, woman, fantastic, young generation

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Filmography and Awards

2019 OFFSPRING, feature, writer/director

2016 BEGINNER, feature, writer/director

2014 METAPLASIA, short, writer/director

My five favourite films

  1. Wadjda (2012)
    by Haifaa Al-Mansour
  2. Amour (2012)
    by Michael Haneke
  3. Biutiful (2010)
    by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  4. Mr. Nobody (2009)
    byJaco Van Dormael
  5. Frances Ha (2012)
    by Noah Baumbach

Favourite scene I wrote

INT.HOME/LIVING ROOM – DAY

Hava jumps and wakes up from this terrible dream.

She tries to pull herself together.

She feels nauseous and runs to the bathroom.

The camera is in the living room. We hear the puke effects.

She comes back, lies down on the couch, turns on the TV…

She watches TV.

Commercials on.

A diaper commercial.

                    TV COMMERCIAL

          From your heart for their comfort…

          she deserves the best for a good

          sleep.

Hava switches the channel. Baby food commercial. She is onthe commercial.

                    TV COMMERCIAL

          First your baby will crawl, then

          take the first step and run… you

          will always be there. You will

          look into your baby’s eyes and go

          like “you can do it”. The Natural

          Selomak Baby Food… your baby will

          take all the nutrition it needs

          and grow up perfectly.

The “Hava” in the commercial can’t hold the baby… she can’t feed it. Everything goes wrong. Hava finds this odd… she stands up and heads for the TV. Another commercial starts

A condom commercial. Hava holds a pregnancy test with the double line. Hava in the living room looks at the screen. She sees herself on TV drinking and speaking.

                    TV COMMERCIAL

          An unused condom in my right hand…

          and a used pregnancy test in my

          left hand… and this is a bottle of

          whiskey. Now it is time for

          packshot and the slogan. Piece of

          cake! Put this on! Tear the

          package, grab your weenie and put

          it into the condom.

Hava watches herself in shock in silence.

Another commercial starts. A perfect family with two kids get into a car. A pretty  wife, a handsome husband and lovely kids. The narrative

voice starts talking about the features of the car.

                    TV COMMERCIAL

          With its excess interior and the

          special design, Hundewai Focus is

          the perfect choice for the perfect

          family! Create the best memories

          for your kids… we’ll create the

          comfort for it.

My favourite film quote

“Ki-woo, you know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all. You know why? If you make a plan, life never works out that way.”


Parasite (2019)