Do Not Forget Me Istanbul

Synopsis: An aged mother with her middle aged daughter travels from Palestine to Istanbul, Turkey, to meet some relatives. This and other short stories give us a clue about the city of Istanbul.
Genre: Drama
113 min

I used to lose myself walking

around Istanbul alone...

...searching every corner,

all the alleyways that no one sees at first...

...and are revealed only

when you return many times.

Each alleyway carries

the memory of someone or something.

Maybe that's why it took me

so long to write about Istanbul.

Up to now,

every return to Istanbul...

...was a chance for me to be

liberated from my own nostalgia.

Now, I'm returning here again.

Attention please!

The 'Friendship Express' from

Thessaloniki will arrive at platform one... five minutes.

Bloody Turks... you're not

going to eat my Euro.

Constantinople brought you luck!

Let's go.

You can't even stand

spending one night here?

Didn't you make a single friend

here in all these months?

A Turk cannot be a friend.

They're only useful

when they're selling clothing, eh?

If the Chinese didn't screw up

my business in Thessaloniki...

...selling everything for one Euro...

...l'd never have come here!

See you tonight.

At least go

and see Hagia Sophia.

Leave me alone

for one day Makis.

I'm your brother, not your father.

Have a nice day.

See you brother.

then take your money back.

Take it.

Did you see Hasan?

No idea...

What are we going to do Mom?

Did he run away or what?

We need to do something.

The Greek man

came to take his stuff...

Let go of my son!

Cem, take these bags

and go to your aunt.

Immediately, ok?

I am here!


Mister... what?




Don't worry...

...everything's ok.

Just calm down...

He will.

He's my friend.

I made Cem work with Hasan.

Zeynep used

her small savings... make Cem

a partner in Hasan's business.


It's good, eh?

Your stomach is empty...

you shouldn't drink too much.

That's how my life is,

just like this moon.

The first half I was walking

happily in the bright part...

but for years now I have been

walking on the dark side.

Take these inside.

The problem is finished.

I talked with Hasan.

He had a big money problem...

...but can get a loan

from the bank tomorrow, ok?

He will send it, don't worry.

Find me tomorrow morning.

Just keep Cem away from there.

Other customers might show up

he shouldn't be around.


Good night, then.


Don't you have a hotel to stay?

What have you done, man?

Sister lffet...

Yes dear...

Hasan ripped off

this guy and ran away.

The man doesn't have

any money for a hotel.

He is waiting at the door.

I'm going to sort him out.


Sister... this is Mr. Vangelis.


Hello everyone.

He is Greek.

Do you speak Turkish?

Good morning.

Good evening.

God bless Hasan.

He's done us a favour...

Finally a man stepped into this house.

Why do you say such stupid things?

I'll give him money

for a hotel and he'll be off.

Is he going to leave

without having a coffee?

Come sit.

Thank you.

Go make some my dear.

I speak a little Greek.

We used to have Greek neighbours

and friends in this neighbourhood.




You have huge problems son.

Problems, big problems...

Do you see my stupid brother...

...the loans

I took to save his family?

Yes, I see.

I really saw it,

he is a lonely man.

Oh, you are making it up lffet.

Why would

I be making it up Asuman?

I tell what I see.

Let me see...

Look, he is curious...


Vangelis dear...

I say you should stay here tonight.

Stay here.

Why should we

spend money for no reason?

We'll prepare

a nice bed for you...

...and you'll sleep.

Dear, of course

I will stay here as well.

Iffet, don't do this,

for God's sake.

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Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد‎, born 11 October 1961) is a Dutch/Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards, for his film Omar. more…

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