Serhat Karaaslan’s ‘Passed By Censor’ to Kick Off 24th IFFK

The 24th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala is all set to kick start on December 6 with the screening of ‘Passed By Censor’ as the inaugural film. The film would have its Indian premiere at the IFFK.

Having won more than 60 awards for his short films, Turkish filmmaker Serhat Karaaslan’s debut feature ‘Passed By Censor’ got recognized internationally when it was chosen as the Best Film by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean FEDEORA at the 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The 95-min dramatic thriller is a psychological study of an individual who gradually loses his personal and professional integrity while becoming trapped in his own fantasy world. He is a censor at a jail in Turkey.  

Serhat Karaaslan intensely incorporates all heady elements that make up a paradoxical censorship vs creativity and paranoid fantasy vs wishful thinking, the point where privacy ends and secrecy begins, simmering away against the backdrop of an inherently repressive institution in an increasingly authoritarian society. The film takes the audience through the intricately woven mental tumults and stimulations of the protagonist.