Critically acclaimed director Ben Hopkins, whose work spans both documentary and fiction filmmaking, discusses his new documentary Hasret. He describes his latest film as ‘a kind of supernatural expressionistic documentary about Istanbul’ in celebration of the city he once knew but is fast disappearing.

As he passes through from daylight to the darkness, from the living city on the surface to the city of the past, many aspects of Istanbul are touched upon: the destruction and renovation of old neighbourhoods, immigrant workers, resistance to the government, diverse religions and the peculiarly melancholy essence of Istanbul.

Hasret is a beautifully constructed and multifaceted poem to an ancient city.