Greek-origin French director Angelos Abazoglou (photo) will present his documentary movie: “Douceurs d’Orient” or Oriental Sweetness, at the French Cultural Center. Abazoglou is the winner of a number of awards at various film and TV festivals for his countless documentaries
A Turkish and Greek co-production, the film tells the story of baklava. The story line is based on a 16 year old baklava maker’s apprenticeship, traveling from the southeastern province of Gaziantep to Istanbul.
A Cyclope Production, the project was launched at the end of 2009 with support from the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency. The documentary will be aired on TV channels in 10 countries shortly which include French ARTE, Qatari Al-Jazeera, Greek ERT, Hungarian Duna, Spanish and Portuguese Chello and Japanese NHK.
Abazoglou is known for his sharp view on the topics on which he focuses. The shooting for the documentary started in Gaziantep and finished in Istanbul in six weeks.
The documentary focuses on the impressive relationship between workers in the dessert world and their craft. It tells the heartfelt story of an apprentice in the southeastern corner of Anatolia who is determined to be a master of baklava.
Coming from a Greek family of Istanbul that settled in Paris after immigrating from Athens when he was three months old, Abazoglou states: “I had taken a look at Istanbul only with a tourist’s eye until I started this movie. While making the film I felt better that my roots are here.”
See the documentary movie, “Douceurs d’Orient” (video)
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