TICK TOCK (Turkey, 9 minutes)
Directed by: Zeynep Kocak
Written by: Zeynep Kocak
An old man wakes up to a routine day with his cat, who is his only friend. After making his breakfast, while drinking his coffee near a window, he watches the street, people, and life. He wants to be inside this life like he used to be. Then he comes up with an idea to break this routine circle, and end his loneliness.
He would hang a 'For Rent' sign in front of his house, and he would chat and communicate with the customers.
This idea gives him what he had not felt for years; hope...
From the very moment he hangs the sign, he wants to get attention to his house. First, he enlarges the sign, then he tries to beautify his house... Afterwards he goes further, and almost renews the house.
For making his house pretty good in his own way, he wakes up really cheerful that day. Now he is in his new home, and cheerful like he used to be.
He waits all day in excitement, but no one shows up. He dies that day, yet he has one thing in his mind; the beautiful thing is not the goal you achieve, it is the road that takes you there with hope!
By: Conor Murray
Both sad and sweet, Zeynep Kocak's "TICK TOCK" makes you unable to not care about the sweet, old man as he tries to reconnect with the world. Left alone in house with just his cat to keep him company, the old man thinks back on the old days with his wife and friends, now all gone. With little keeping him going, all he does is drink his coffee and watch as people go about their daily routines. In one last attempt to rejoin the world around him, he decides to hang up a "For Rent" sign. Reinvigorated by this new hope, he breaks his monotonous lifestyle and begins to reinvent his old, decrepit home. He wakes up with a smile, at long last having a purpose and a reason to get out of bed. The ending is bitter sweet, but the message is an uplifting one: it doesn't matter where or how you end up, but rather the path that you take to get there. The animation style, and especially the coloring, compliments the story perfectly and the scoring is done beautifully to bring about a sense of hope in the film. It is hard to be sentimental and draw emotions out of an animation, but "TICK TOCK" manages to pull at the heart-strings and deliver a touching message. The animation is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be screened at the festival on October 12-18, 2015.