23rd Boston Turkish Film Festival

Best Documentary Award: ALL-IN

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Best Documentary Award

Boston Turkish Festival's 16th Annual Documentary & Short Film Competition (2021)

At the start of the summer season Ismail and Hakan start working in Nashira Resort, a gigantic all-inclusive hotel at the Turkish Riviera. Ismail is 18 and dropped out of school to earn money for his family.

He dreams of working as a hairdresser, but is employed as a kitchen porter at the hotel. Hakan is 25 and the youngest of 12 children. He quit his studies and hopes to overcome his social anxiety in the hotel. He will work as a lifeguard at the aquapark of the hotel. Both have come to the hotel business to move ahead in life and to learn English.

At first both young men are very shy and avoid all contact with the hotel guests. They have learned to be respectful to others and they understand their position. They observe the colorful swimsuits, the unemptied plates, the different ways of addressing other people, and gradually discover the sorts of opportunities that come with them.

As the friendship between Ismail and Hakan grows stronger, it becomes clear how different they are. Watching the guests from behind his buffet, Ismail’s appetite to discover the Western world only seems to increase. But Hakan struggles to be ‘the nobody’ the hotel business demands him to be. In vain, he tries to discuss Pushkin and Dostoevsky with the Russian tourists. Is it at all possible to set your identity aside for the sake of money? And who can be an example to whom?

By following Ismail and Hakan during 2 summers in the hotel, ALL-IN explores the loss of innocence against the backdrop of a fading European dream. Initial kindness turns into indifference as Ismail and Hakan’s initiation into the absurd world of Western tourism soon leads them to ask: which dreams are really worth aspiring to?

"Its gentle story of the loss of innocence and being lost in a faceless system is an engaging and often amusing one" - Business Doc Europe

“In "All-In" we do not see obvious excesses or disparities, but an exquisite painting of growth in the face of the inevitable environment of capitalism.” - La Estatuilla

"An amusing coming-of-age story about modern alienation in the workplace." - Fred Film Radio

Selected Festivals and Awards:

Boston Turkish Festival's 16th Annual Documentary and Short Film Competition (2021): Best Documentary

Antalya Golden Oragen Film Festival, Turkey (2021): Best National Documentary

Biogra Film Festival, Italy (2021)

Burgas International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2021)

Calgary International Film Festival, Canada (2021)

CPH:DOX, Copenhaegen, Denmark (2021)

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria (2021)

Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France (2021)

Hotdocs, Toronto, Canada (2021)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, USA (2021)

Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland (2021)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Country
    Belgium, France, Netherlands
  • Note
  • Director
    Volkan Üce
  • Producer
    Emmy Oost, Magalie Dierick
  • Cast
    Ismail Daşdöǧen & Hakan Hoşcan
  • Cinematographer
    Joachim Philippe
  • Editor
    Els Voorspoels
  • Composer
    David Boulter, Darius Timmer
  • Sound Design
    Mark Glynne