Innocence of Memories

We sat in the front row of the stalls at the BFI to see the new film Innocence of Memories, based on Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, made by Grant Gee who previously made a film about W.G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn (and a film with Jon Savage).   It’s a very beautiful meditation on the nature of memory, objects, desire and the ways in which they interact with the back streets of Istanbul, always filmed empty except for dogs, and the Hilton Hotel as it was in the 1950s.   Kemal loves Fusun and collects all the paraphernalia of their affair including the shoe she was wearing when they met, a piece of dropped jewellery and the calendar of 4,213 cigarette butts touched by her lips.   A good film about a museum.   And about how to make a film of a book.