End of the world in 32 minutes - all aboard - all aboard!
Han and Yan, two macho mountain shepherds whose pastures are divided by a national border, are in the middle of an age long battle of antagonism when a time-traveling spaceship crash lands, demolishing their border fence. The ship’s attendant announces that the end of the world will occur in 32 minutes and that the finest representatives of each species should queue '2 by 2'. Noah has returned in his space-ark. It dawns on Han and Yan that their only chance of survival is to work together, come up with a scam and trick their way onboard...
DID YOU KNOW?
LANGUAGE: The film's dialogue is in Turkish with a 100% Turkish cast, yet the British director only speaks a few words of the langauge.
CAST: The cast features a range of experience from one of the most famous actors in Turkey, to a key actor who had never acted in anything before, to the stunning Tugba Melis Turk, who recently wore the Miss Turkey crown.
Director Biography - Mark Playne
'2 by 2' - has featured in 28 festivals and won 14 awards.
To mark the centenary of the 1915 Armenian Holocaust, 10 directors from 10 countries were each funded to make a film with the hope of nurturing peace between the Armenian & Turkish peoples.
'2 by 2' is the British contribution to the project.
‘Love at First Sight’ - winner of 76 awards.
Self-funded, dialogue-free, debut short - shot in Spain.
Premiered at Palm Springs.
196 official selections spanning 50 countries.
'2 by 2’ is a metaphor for conflict worldwide – past, present and future.
A comedy confronting a genocide.
During the same week that the Armenian Holocaust started in eastern Anatolia, in Hollywood Charlie Chaplin released his iconic film ‘The Tramp'.
Today the attempted extermination of an entire people in 1915 is barely known or remembered.
Chaplin's film made him the most famous person in on the planet and his character of the Tramp is still one of the most recognisable images of all time.
The contrast struck me.
One man’s work remembered and one and a half million lives forgotten.
I wondered, if Chaplin was making films today, how he’d have approached such a project?
Chaplin said: “Humour…heightens our sense of survival and preserves our sanity.”
Comedy can be the best way to get close to a subject and touch on the unmentionable – as can bee seen with Roberto Benigni’s ’Life is Beautiful' and Radu Mihaileanu’s 'Train of life.'
These two cinematic comedies are deeply poignant and are my personal favourite films that deal with the WW2 holocaust.
When I watch the '2 by 2' now, I see not only Chaplin’s and Gilliam’s influence but also the effect of a childhood diet of Douglas Adam’s ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ - so I guess the style of this film is a homage, by design and accident, to these three brilliant British storytellers.
The film is dedicated to the Armenian Marie Avakian 1916-2017.
I was blessed to meet her. An amazingly kind soul, who recited her families experience of the 1915 massacres to me.
A tale of how her mother, pregnant with Marie, was saved from the bayonet of a Turkish soldier – by her Turkish neighbor.
Her families story defies preconceived loyalties, and is a demonstration of love and humanity that we find easy to forget exists during troubled times.
A reminder of how we as people are divided by history, politics, wars, and borders – yet as humankind we all connected as one.
That wherever we might find hatred, the power of love is always in existence.
In troubled times we need to be able to see it, feel it and fight for it.