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Grant Gee

Innocence of Memories

When imagination overcomes reality: a movie about Orhan Pamuk's Museum and his beloved city, Istanbul.

Orhan Pamuk – Turkey’s Nobel laureate for Literature – opens a museum in Istanbul. A museum that is a fiction: its objects trace a tale of doomed love in 1970’s Istanbul. Innocence of Memories takes a tour of the objects as the starting point of a trip through love stories, landscapes and the chemistry of the city.


“Like many people, when I first visited Istanbul, I read Orhan Pamuk. From the very start, my view of the city was through the prism of his imagination. And I knew that Orhan had imagined a place called The Museum of Innocence and in 2008 published a big novel of that name. What I didn’t know was that two months after my first visit to Istanbul in 2012, Orhan would open the doors to the real Museum of Innocence. A real, 5 story museum of real objects – the debris and treasure of a tragic love affair from 30 years ago. A museum which immediately became established as part of Istanbul’s real cultural itinerary: Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Museum of Innocence…”
Grant Gee


Grant Gee is a filmmaker based in Brighton, England.
He has made documentaries about anarchists, rock groups, rock climbers and writers.
His 1997 film Meeting People is Easy about Radiohead was nominated for a Grammy. He also directed the iconic music video for the group’s song No Surprises.
His film Joy Division won the UK’s Grierson Award for Best Theatrical Documentary (2008).
His film The Western Lands won Best Short Film at the Banff Film Festival (2008) .
His 2012 film Patience (After Sebald), about WG Sebald’s unclassifiable masterpiece, The Rings of Saturn premiered at the New York Film Festival and enjoyed successful theatrical runs in both the UK and US. He is currently developing his first drama, an adaptation of Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse and Julio Cortazar’s Autonauts of the Cosmoroute.


Orhan Pamuk is the author of eight novels, of the memoir Istanbul, and of three non-fictional works, and is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy praised Pamuk, ‘who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.’
Considered one of Europe’s most prominent novelists, his work has been translated into over 60 languages and sold over twelve million copies worldwide. In Spring 2012, Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence opened in Istanbul. The culmination of a decade-long project, the museum is counterpart to the novel of the same name, and is accompanied by a catalogue, The Innocence of Objects, published by Abrams. In 2014, The Museum was the winner of European Museum of the Year Award.


2015 – “Venice Days” – 72nd edition of Mostra internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia
2016 – Somerset House, London

Grant Gee

Original narration written by Orhan Pamuk

Janine Marmot and Keith Griffiths


Executive Producers:
Beatrice Bordone Bulgari - IN BETWEEN ART FILM, Marta Donzelli, Lizzie Francke, Amy Gardner, Teresa Gilchrist, Gregorio Paonessa, Keith Potter and Luciano Rigolini. Partners: The British Film Institute, Bord Scannán Na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, In Between Art Film, Vivo Film, ARTE France – La Lucarne, Venom Films, Illuminations Films and Finite Films.

Running Time:
95 mins

Italian Distributor:
NEXO Digital

World Sales:
The Match Factory