Anatolian Leopard

Anadolu Leoparı

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

At Turkey’s oldest zoo, a lonely manager and a withdrawn female officer form an unlikely bond: as they hide the death of the zoo’s oldest inhabitant, an Anatolian leopard, in order to stop the privatization process and fake its escape, they set in motion an absurd charade that spins out of control. In Turkey’s grey and quiet capital, the ghost of the leopard persists.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Emre Kayiş
Script: Emre Kayiş
Cinematography: Nick Cooke
Editing: Ricardo Saraiva
Sound: Tobi Adam, Michael Kaczmarek
Actors: Uğur Polat, Ipek Türktan, Seyithan Özdemir, Tansu Biçer, Ege Aydan, Osman Alkaş, Nuri Gökasan
Production: TatoFilm
Producers: Olena Yershova
Co-production: Asteros Film, Donten & Lacroix Films, Elemag Film, Adomeit Film
Co-producers: Kanat Doğramaci, Maria Blicharska, Tanja Georgieva, Jon Hammer
Costumes: Öykü Ersoy
Production Design: Billur Turan
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Turkey, Poland, Germany, Denmark
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 108'
Contact: Luxbox

Emre Kayiş

Born in 1984 in Ankara, Emre has been committed to storytelling and visual arts since childhood. After a BA in Law and a yearlong experience as a legal intern, he quits. In 2012, he was accepted to MA Filmmaking department at the London Film School. After directing two narrative short films and practiced photography, he graduated in 2014 with his thesis film The Translator which was screened in more than 200 film festivals worldwide such as Sarajevo, Premier Plans, Palm Springs, Montreal, won 16 awards and was nominated for the Best Short Film for the 28th European Film Awards. He is an alumnus of Sarajevo Talents and a member of EFA.


2015 The Translator (short)
2021 Anatolian Leopard