“İlk film çalışmalarını Paris’te gerçekleştiren Heper, Galatasaray Lisesi’nden mezun olduktan sonra önce hukuk okumak için Cenevre’ye gider lakin mutlu olamaz ve okulu bırakarak Fransa’ya geçip, Paris Yüksek Sinema Enstitüsü’de (Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques – IDHEC) sinema eğitimi almaya başlar. Bu okuldan ‘En İyi Yönetmen’ ünvanı ile mezun olan yönetmen, bu dönem (1963 yılında) gerçekleştirdiği iki kısa filminden ilki olan ‘Bir Kadın’ ile IDHEC, ikinci kısa filmi Şafak ile de hem IDHEC hem de Avusturya Kültür Bakanlığı En İyi Film ödülünü almıştır.” Burak Çevik, Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/alp-zeki-heper-ve-iki-kisa-filmi-bir-kadin-safak/ (15 November 2019).
“Graduated from Galatasaray Highschool, Heper who first involved in filmmaking in Paris initially went to Geneva to study law. Because he was unhappy in Geneva, he left the law school and went to Paris to study filmmaking at Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC). He graduated from IDHEC with the award, “the best director.” The two student short films, Bir Kadın and Şafak, made by Heper when he was at IDHEC, received the best film awards from both IDHEC and the Austrian Ministry of Culture. Burak Çevik, Sinematek.tv http://sinematek.tv/alp-zeki-heper-ve-iki-kisa-filmi-bir-kadin-safak/ (15 November 2019).
Heper’s experimental silent film (without any intertitles) constructs the surrealist world of a (married) couple. It focuses on an intrinsic characteristic of becoming a couple: two people abandon their “freedom” to form a life together. Because the female character rebels against this abandonment while the male remains passive, the film also questions the patriarchal family unit.
Alp Zeki Heper is one of the first Turkish surrealist filmmakers, but his avant-gardism—later in his professional career—led to a tragic life story in a country like the 1960s Turkey. Bir Kadın [A Woman]/Le parfum de la Dame En Noir is one of the two amateur films of student Heper in Paris where one of his classmates at IDHEC was Costa-Gavraz. The other one is Şafak/L'Aube [Down] (1963).