A short film about national identity and pastries.
Café Cyprus tells the story of two pastry chefs, Turkish and Greek, applying for the same job in a Mediterranean bakery in Canada. As a demonstration of their skills for the cafe's owner, both bake something they take pride in and consider to be their national dessert, which is baklava.
I will depict in this film a competition for a job that turns into a battle between nationalities with increasing absurdity. Each chef is representing his own country, respectively, in this rivalry. They are much like two siblings who cannot share their toys, constantly having trivial conflicts, but true companions at their core.
My name is Gökçe Erdem, I'm the writer and director of Café Cyprus. This fall I will start my 4th year as a film student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Café Cyprus is my grad film, and the biggest project I have undertaken thus far.
As a Turkish person of Greek descent, I believe food can be a strong political symbol. With a script full of allegoric subtext, my goal is to talk about politics without speaking about it directly.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
The money raised for this project will go towards renting a commercial kitchen, renting camera and sound recording equipment, feeding our crew, and if we raise enough, even submitting to festivals.
Please don't hesitate to message me with your questions! Be sure to spread the word and thank you for your support!
* I would like to thank Karaköy Güllüoğlu for opening their kitchen to me and A Hawk and A Hacksaw for letting me use their lovely song, "God Bless the Ottoman Empire".
** My producer Brittney Reaume, a fellow student hailing from Portland, OR, will also be helping me run this Kickstarter project!
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