Debt / Borç

Debt / Borç

Director : Vuslat Saracoglu / 95 min / Turkey / Turkish / 2018


Tufan who works at a small print shop lives in Eskişehir with his wife Mukaddes and daughter Simge. Huriye, their lonely neighbour next door falls ill one night. A doctor recommends that she shouldn’t stay on her own. Tufan takes pity on Huriye, who has no family to turn to, and decides to host her at his house. Through fear and anxiety he experiences Tufan’s kindness is put to test.

Festivals &Awards

  • Istanbul Film Festival National Competition Golden Tulip Best Film Award,Turkey, April 2018


Producer : Mete Ozkurt
Director/ Producer/ Scriptwriter : Vuslat Saracoglu
Cinematographer : Meryem Yavuz
Editor : Naim Kanat
Art Director: Osman Özcan

Serdar Orcin – Tufan
İpek Turktan Turktan Kaynak – Muko
Ruchan Caliskur – Huriye
Beyti Engin – Adil
Ozan Celik – Hüsam
Ulku Aybala Sunat – Dilek
Feridun Koc – Vahap
Oyku Sevinc – Simge

Director’s statement

If we were to ask “what is like to be a bad seed?”, I presume that the majority of the society which I live in, would consider the ones who don’t look after their parents when they grew old. It is not a coincidence that in some Turkish films from the past, archetypes was created who sent their parents to nursing homes, while crashing on poker tables with a whisky glass in hand. Does a children really obliged to look after her/his own parents ? Many would say “yes, of course”. Furthermore, even asking the question can be regarded as a taboo. Questions such as, “couldn’t aparent do more evil to his/her child, than a stranger ?” or “isn’t it possible for a child to not to spend any given day inside a gloomy room, besides a sick person”, wouldn’t come to mind in the first place. Tufan is one of these individuals. A person who embraces the traditions and values of the dominant culture. Most of his reactions, just in the case of facing these sample questions above, could be defined as instinctive. Just as if he was installed with a mechanism which produces standart, fabricated, memorised emotions or anger. His goodness is likewise. His good behaviours which doesn’t require any will or particularity, stays within the frontiers framed by the society, yet these make him feel great about himself. However, grey zones where standardized reactions fall short, do exist. Tufan is a person who finds himself on a path where his supposedly sacrificial behaviours are tested, and being driven away by his hypocrisy and inconsistency, seems inevitable. Casting a glance towards experiences as such, provides ground for thinking on the overwhelming notion of goodness, creating scapegoats, being righteous just because standing on the side of the powerful, all imposed almost religously by the dominant culture. For these reasons, “Debt” matters much to me.