Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Longing and (Un)belonging: Displacement and Desire in the Cinematic City

Title:
Longing and (Un)belonging: Displacement and Desire in the Cinematic City
Author:
Alev Adil: Department of Creative,Critical and Communication Studies, University of Greenwich, UK
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
010
Pages:
85-92
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This paper explores the spatial conceptualisation of the themes of diaspora; displacement and desire in cinema; particularly in the work of Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak) ; Fatih Akin (Gegen Die Wand) and Michael Winterbottom (Code 46). All three directors explore the imagined cinematic city as a site of multiple (un)belongings and interrogate how notions of identity are displaced and disrupted by geopolitics; by the city and by cinema itself.

Both Ceylan and Akin’s visions of Istanbul are haunted by Beyoglu; both as the site of Istanbul’s contemporary cultural regeneration and by unspoken histories repressed by the Republic’s offical rhetoric of Turkish identity. In contrast Akin and Winterbottom’s heterotopias of the hotel and the hospital provide possible metaphors for these dislocated global identities.

This paper will engage with a series of questions. What is the (imagined) place created between the viewer and the screen; or is it a non-place? Do the identities/ memories created there produce a ‘third space’? This paper uses Winnicot; Soja and Bhabha to ask what that third space might be and its consequences for a contemporary global Turkish identity. If these films depict a (Freudian) screen memory of dislocated subjectivities then what is being suppressed and sutured?

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Alev Adil
Title:
Longing and (Un)belonging: Displacement and Desire in the Cinematic City
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Films


Gegen Die Wand; 2004; (film) Fatih Akin; Germany and Turkey; Bavaria Film International.


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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Alev Adil
Title:
Longing and (Un)belonging: Displacement and Desire in the Cinematic City
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