Bir Varmiș Bir Yokmuș

Bir Varmiș Bir Yokmuș

Once Upon a time

Eleni Varmazi, Greece, 2009Beta SP, Colour, 12'

An old Greek man from Istanbul narrates his memories from his school years during the Ottoman Empire, while we watch the present situation of the abandoned Greek Schools of Istanbul. “During these last years, an old student who was passing by Taxim as a traveler was searching for the big wall with its eruptive plaster, its toothless beams, its paralytic doors and windows. They told him that it was brought down long time ago.”

02 August, Kino në Lum, 22:15

Balkan Documentary Competition

Director: Eleni Varmazi
Producer: Eleni Varmazi
Cinematographer: Eleni Varmazi
Editor: John Karabelas, Ozgur Dogan
Sound: Christos Goussios

Director's Biography

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated from the department of Philosophy-Psychology-Pedagogy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She took the Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York City and in 2008 she acquired the PhD degree from the department of Communication and Media of the University of Athens. Since 2005 she teaches at the Film Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. “Bir varmis bir yokmus” is her third personal film. She has also directed various commissioned documentaries.

Festivals and Awards:

Strange Screen Experimental Film Festival 2009 – Special Mention. Documentarist, Istanbul 2010.


Eleni Varmazi
Ethnikis Aminis 36, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece

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