Elvan Levent

Scriptwriter

Born:

12.08.1975, Kazakhstan

Education: 

2011-2012 MA in Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry, The University of Westminster, UK

1999-2003 Feature Film Directing, Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Russia

Place of Residence:

Cyprus

Writes in Languages:

Turkish, Russian, English

Biography

Elvan Levent is a director, scriptwriter and a columnist. She has taught scriptwriting course at the Communication Department of Eastern Mediterranean University. She is the co-founder and the president Cyprus Independent Film Association and she is the founder and the director of Indie Cyprus Short Film Festival. She writes columns for ‘Afrika’ newspaper on a regular basis since 2006.  

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Sample of previous work

Projects in development

THE GOOD STRANGER   

feature narrative
1st draft of the script 

Mysterious-drama fiction about the inner search of a young woman who at the same time looks for her lost friend on the island. 

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

Keywords: mystery, reality, dream

THE TENANT

short fiction
developed script

A young man’s life turns upside-down after he rents a room to a mysterious man.

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

Keywordsabsurd reality

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2016 THE SEASON OF MADNESS, documentary, writer/director

2014 WITNESS, short film, writer/director  – Snowdance International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize

2003 DISTANCE, short student film, writer/director

2001 MISENSCENES OF THE NIGHT, short student film, writer/director

My five favourite films

  1. Three Colors: Blue (1993)
    by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  2. Naked (1993)
    by Mike Leigh
  3. 8 1/2 (1963)
    by Federico Fellini
  4. 2046 (2004)
    by Wong Kar-wai
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
    by Philip Kaufman

Favourite scene I wrote

2. EXT. MID-DAY – SEASIDE

After walking a while the two prisoners notice someone else. Getting excited they start walking towards him. When they come closer, they see a man dressed in a suite, sitting next to the table full of papers. He seems very busy. Even though the prisoners come up to him, he doesn’t look at them. He reacts only after they start hitting his table with their chains.

THE MAN

(In Turkish)

Who are you?

TURKISH PRISONER

(In Turkish)

We are prisoners…

GREEK PRISONER

(In Greek)

But our ship sank in the sea…

TURKISH PRISONER

(In Turkish)

And now we want to get rid of our chains.

GREEK PRISONER

(In Greek)

But we lost the key…

TURKISH PRISONER

(In Turkish)

Can you help us to break down our chains?

THE MAN

(In Turkish)

Show me your identities!

The two prisoners look at each other surprised. The man glances at them and repeats his words said in Turkish, once again in Greek. Without saying anything else, he goes back to his papers.

The prisoners get upset with his attitude.

THE MAN

(In Greek)

Show me your identities!

GREEK PRISONER

(In Greek)

We told you, we lost everything in the sea!

Without looking at them, the man talks with a strict attitude.

THE MAN

(In English)

I cannot help you if you don’t have your identities!

The prisoners hit the table one more with their chains, but they get no reaction from the man.

My favourite film quote

“I love you Harry, you make me feel like a person”


Requiem for a Dream (2000)