Interview with turkish director Can Evrenol

Interview with Can Evrenol, Baskin director. Baskin is the first feature from turkish director, an expansion of his well-received short film he directed in 2013. Read our interview if you want to know more about the nightmarish, hellish newest directorial effort from the young turkish director!

Hello Can, thank you for your time. Tell us something about yourself.  What's your background as a filmmaker? Who and what are some of your influences?
C.E.: Smth about myself.. I answer these questions in a my little room, surrounded by action figures of the 80’s and early 90’s. It’s my little vintage action figure museum, my man cave, my sanctuary; where I spend my days in front of my desktop screen.
My background is mainly watching lots of films, and editing. I love editing. My influences are as diverse as possible, from Kubrick to Fulci, Fritz Lang to Jim Henson.

In the past you directed several horror short movies (Sandik, Kurban Bayrami, Turn Your Bloody Phone Off, Daddy Cross: The Ten Commandments, Baskin...). What can you say about them?
C.E.: I love watching them. They feel like little Freudian puzzles to me. They were very personal, and very experimental in way. I tried to step up the bar with each one in terms of scale, trying to make it bigger each time. Finally, while on the set of To My Mother and Father I felt like I will/should be a filmmaker for life.

Talk to us about Baskin, your first feature film based on a short of the same name. In your own words, how would you describe it?
C.E.: A modern Turkish festival film, descending into a mud of black mass.

The film follows five police officers who go through a trapdoor to Hell. Where did the idea come from?
C.E.: Baskin is basically inspired by my dreams, nightmares and favourite horror films (as much as my co-writers’) I am not sure where the idea came from really. One night I was inspired and set down to write a scene where a group of cops in a car are talking and joking, and when they arrive their destination it is only a pitch black alleyway. Without realising, they find themselves in a Twilight Zone-ish atmosphere. The whole feature idea later shaped around this single scene.

In my opinion, in Baskin, hell is part of the human being, of the human life. The dialogues and the attitudes of the cops are as disgusting as the infernal creatures in the macabre building... talk about your representation of hell.
C.E.: Heaven and Hell are on this earth. Worse, in our minds. :)

Tell us something about "The Father", the interesting and disturbing character who "takes care" of the damned souls...
C.E.: The Father is based on the idea of this person who has the power to unlock into your mind, and can find your worst fear and crush your soul by using it against you. In time, he changed into this demon, hunting people’s nightmares and luring them to his own pit.

What are your future plans?
C.E.: I have 2 new scripts I’m working on. Also looking into a possible English script.