Innocence of Memories
2015, UK, 90’, Color, English-Turkish
Director: Grant Gee
Cast: Pandora Colin, Mehmet Ergen
The plastic form of an imaginary love story in Orhan Pamuk’s epic novel.
Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities. Orhan Pamuk is one of the world’s greatest novelists whose work has been translated into over 63 languages. The love story hidden in the “Innocence of Memories” is Orhan Pamuk’s gift to Istanbul.
Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk makes his second major foray into writing for cinema with “Innocence of Memories”, this time in partnership with British director Grant Gee. The fruit of their collaboration, inspired by Pamuk’s 2008 novel, “The Museum of Innocence,” is neither strictly factual nor complete fiction as it traces the tale of doomed lover Kemal and Füsun in 1970’s Istanbul. A physical and psychological journey through Istanbul, it mixes imagined narratives with real-world observation, and a fictional narrator’s recollections with self-reflexive commentary.