If Pope Knew

In Development
Format & Type: Live-action film
Duration: 100'
Production company: Girl Saw The Sea Prod.
Country of Production: Turkey
Target audience: Teenagers, Young Adults
Genre: Coming of age, Drama, Adventure
Estimated Budget: 5,000,000 EUR
Confirmed Budget: 0%
Looking for: Funding, Co-producer, Distribution, Broadcaster

A boy from abroad, recently enrolled in a school, must find a way to confront a nationalist kid gang.

1987 Brussels, a bright boy, Deniz(10) arrives to Brussels with his family for his father’s new job in NATO. Deniz life changes instantly by its conquest of the color TV that he saw for the first time, watches an Italian law court of the reopened investigation of a Turkish triggerman for his assassination attempt of the Pope. Instinctively, he feels the trouble that would cause to him. Confused by the speech of the triggerman, he starts to feel for the first time like an outsider who belongs to a malicious land.

With his school life becoming his nightmare, with students who have unbreakable prejudices against him, and while he is drifted through the mysteries of adolescence, he must find a way to confront a nationalist kid gang in order to survive. And the spark that ignites the fire comes from a recent discovery that he made inside his father’s suitcase. “If Pope Knew” is a film about friendship, conscience, racism, the demolition of violence to seek for love.

Pitching team

Nazlı Eda Noyan

Co-Producer

Nazlı is founding head of Animation Dept., has 13 children's books; creator of awarded short animations, director of ANIM.IST Istanbul Animation Platform and Girl Saw The Sea Prod. She is a member of EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network.

Daghan Celayir

Creator, Director

Born in Istanbul and raised in Brussels, Daghan has made many award-winning shorts including ‘One Note Man’; a French-Turkish animation ‘A Cup of Turkish Coffee’; documentaries such as ‘Time Run’ aired in the Super Bowl; and the Ministry of Tourism branded ‘Home of Turquoise’ screened worldwide.

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