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Aftermath (2014, Tofiq Rzayev)

Gizem Aybike Sahin stars in AFTERMATH (Akibet), directed by Tofic Rzayev.

Aftermath goes too far. Director Rzayev operates without taking the benefits of reduction and constraint into account. The short would work a lot better if he just cut out a couple money moments. It’s a short with one scene–Gizem Aybike Sahin argues with her brother, played by Berkan Uygun; most of that scene is exposition. Aftermath has room to be muted.

Technically, a lot of the short is fantastic. Rzayev’s composition is outstanding. However, he uses a Panavision aspect ratio with shaky DV. DV can be shaky in 16:9, but that added crop just breaks some of the reality.

Great music from Gergö Elekes. And Rzayev’s lighting is fantastic too.

Sahin’s okay as the sister. She’s trying. Uygun’s bad. His one big moment flops because it’s not believable Sahin’s in the room; the shot’s off.

Aftermath has a more is less problem. But Rzayev’s direction has definite strengths.

1/3Not Recommended


Photographed and directed by Tofiq Rzayev; written by Rzayev and Erdogan Ulgur; music by Gergö Elekes.

Starring Gizem Aybike Sahin (Sister) and Berkan Uygun (Brother).


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