This is a film about a museum called The Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, created by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. Based on a book the author wrote of the same name, it is a real monument to a fictional love story between collector Kemal and shop-girl Fusun.
The director Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, who joins us for a ScreenTalk at this event, went to Istanbul in 2010 to help Pamuk set up his museum. On her trip, she met ordinary people who collected items from 'erotica to stage props to diving helmets', giving meaning to everyday items through curation.
This is a documentary that allows us to glimpse the most private memories and ideas of strangers, and the influence of Pamuk's ideas gives these items a beautiful and poetic quality.
Germany/Turkey 2013 Johanna Sunder-Plassmann 75 min