Gece yolculugu is a 1987 Turkish film directed by Ömer Kavur. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
In this enigmatic work, a director settles in a ghost town to rewrite his script, and the audience enters into the mystical realm of his past and imagination. Kavur’s film is a seamless collage of thought, memory, and landscape reminiscent of Giorgio de Chirico’s psychic terrains. By the film’s ambiguous end we can not help wondering how much Night Journey is about Kavur himself and, like Fellini in 8 1/2 before him, how much he is embracing it all.
Ali is a screenwriter in search of a filming location which will spur his imagination. He is traveling around the countryside looking for a site with his fellow scriptwriter Yavuz, who apparently does most of the duo’s negotiating with movie-business types. Eventually, they find a spot on the coast, an abandoned village. This sets Ali’s creative juices going, and he moves into the village’s abandoned church and begins writing at an amazing rate, while he sends Yavuz off in search of producers and a director for the film they see taking shape. (~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide)