Orhan Pamuk – Turkey’s Nobel laureate for Literature – opens a museum in Istanbul. A museum that’s a fiction: its objects trace a tale of doomed love in 1970’s Istanbul. The film takes a tour of the objects as the starting point for a trip through love stories, landscapes and the chemistry of the city.


Produced by

Hot Property Films, in co-production with Illuminations Films, Venom, In Between Art Film and Vivo Film

in association with Finite Films, BFI, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board and ARTE France-La Lucarne.


Ayla: Pandora Colin

Kemal: Mehmet Ergen

Taxi Driver: Suleyman Fidaye

Ragpicker: Dursun Saka

Actress: Turkan Soray

Ferryman: Alparslan Bulut

Photographer: Ara Guler


Produced by: Janine Marmot, Keith Griffiths, Andrew Freedman, Beatrice Bordone Bulgari, Marta Donzelli, Lizzie Francke, Amy Gardner, Teresa Gilchrist, Gregorio Paonessa, Keith Potter and Luciano Rigolini

Direction and Cinematography: Grant Gee

Original texts: Orhan Pamuk

Editing and sound design: Jerry Chater

Original soundtrack: Leyland Kirby

Animation: Andersen M Studio

Technical data

Year: 2015

Running time: 97 min

Country: United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy

Festivals and awards

73. Venice Film Festival – special event Authors’ Days

International Sales

The Match Factory

Italian Distribution

Nexo Digital