A Shadow Among Pages: The Second-Hand Bookseller Vahan
A Shadow Among Pages: The Second-Hand Bookseller Vahan

A Shadow Among Pages: The Second-Hand Bookseller Vahan

Director Esra Yıldız

Production year 2010

Length 110min.

Country Turkey

SYNOPSIS

In 2005, the oldest open air second-hand bookseller Vahan Kocaoğlu was driven from his place on Kartal Sokak in Galatasaray where he was selling second-hand books for forty years. Arriving from Yozgat to Istanbul with his family in 1928, the Armenian Vahan Kocaoğlu (born 1925) is the living witness of the socio-cultural and social transformations which Istanbul has undergone since 1930s. Many intellectuals in the Turkish cultural and artistic life have been customer of Vahan. Vahan Kocaoğlu, a master, a gentleman, an uncle, a brother, a second-hand bookseller… This is the portrait of an Istanbul gentleman, narrated in his own words and with the testimonials of his family members, his customers and friends.

CAST & CREW

Esra Yıldız
Esra Yıldız

Director

Producer(s)

Esra Yıldız

Script

Esra Yıldız

Director of Photography

Mertgün Bilier, Esra Yıldız

Edit

Özlem Erol

Production company(ies)

Production-distribution Esra Yıldız

Esra Yıldız

Born 1981, Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated from the Istanbul Technical University, Civil Engineering Department, Environmental Engineering in 2002 and studied philosophy for a while. She currently does her PhD in social sciences at the same university and recently as a guest doctorate researcher at Technische Universitat Berlin, at the History and Art History Department. Between 2005 and 2010 she has worked at Santralistanbul, as coordinator for preparation of contemporary art exhibitions. She has produced short videos and video-interviews. “A Shadow among Pages: The Second-Hand Book Seller Vahan” is her first documentary film.


Filmography

A Shadow among Pages: The Second-Hand Book Seller Vahan (2010)

FILMS 2011