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Ebedi Dönüş (Eternal Return) – Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen

On arriving home a weary soldier is embraced by his sisters and his mother for several minutes; baroque opera music accompanies the scene. A widow speaks with a medium on television and thereby comes into contact with her deceased husband. Two lovers lash out at each other violently and then part melodramatically. These are a few moments from Ebedi Dönüş (Eternal Return), the new video work by Sander Breure (1985) and Witte van Hulzen (1984).

Loneliness, love and family: these universal themes make up the leitmotif of a film which provides a specific view of the modern-day human condition. With Ebedi Dönüş Breure & Van Hulzen have made a film which is, at the same time, a loop without a beginning or end, comprised of individual narratives. Created in the film is a strange mixture of elements from Turkish soaps, the poems of the Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet (1902-1963*), opera and modern video art.

Breure and Van Hulzen stayed in Istanbul from 1 September 2009 to 1 March 2010. The film was produced there during the residency program of Platform Garanti. Ebedi Dönüş was shot in a studio for the most part, on a set designed by the artists and carried out in greyish hues.

The roles were played by actors who have had parts in Turkish television series and films. (Among them is Hatice Aslan, an actress from the Nuri Bilge Ceylan film Three Monkeys, for which the prize Best Director was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.) The soap actors have been taken out of their usual contexts and placed in an abstract space of grey cubes. This minimalist, theatrical setting gives prominence to the acting of these individuals.