the title is inspired by a purely beautiful Schumann lied, 'Der Nußbaum'.:
Das Mägdlein horchet, es rauscht im Baum;
Sehnend, Wähnend sinkt es lächelnd in Schlaf und Traum.
The young girl hears rustling in the tree;
Longingly, wonderingly she sinks into sleep and dreams.
"Yoel Meranda's films are quests for alternate ways of seeing. In 'straitscaping', a quivering panning shot captured during a sunset ferry trip across the Bosphorus complicates our sense of horizon and distance. In 'not be or...', a whiplash montage of Istanbul's urban imagery leaves impressions of windows, street signs and trees, all with an amber hue reminiscent of the sun through closed eyelids. A playful, alien spot of luminescence invites the viewer out onto the streets of Istanbul in 'ascents in february', while 'rauscht' dissects a politician's appearance on television into strangely beautiful grains."
- Kate Lawrie Van de Ven, in the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival catalogue
2010 Toronto International Film Festival - City to City: Istanbul
2010 Chicago Filmmakers - After Image
2010 Galatasaray University Culture & Art Center (Istanbul) - Bizim Gözümüzden
2015 Bilgi Sinema Klubü – Biçimsiz (Program Booklet: waysofseeing.org/bicimsiz-booklet.pdf)