Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia


Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is newly appointed to a small town hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, he experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. When Emre forms a bond with the owner of the local newspaper pressure escalates under heated rumours.

Director's Biography

Emin Alper was born in 1974 in Ermenek, Karaman. Trained in economics and history at Bogazici University-Istanbul, Alper holds a PhD in Turkish Modern History. His first feature, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards including the Caligari Film Prize at the Berlinale Forum and Best Film at the Asia Pacific Awards. His second feature FRENZY (2015) premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival's in the Official Selection's competition and received the Jury Special Prize. His third feature A TALE OF THREE SISTERS (2019) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival’s main competition, and received many awards in several festivals. Aside from his filmmaking career, Emin Alper works as the artistic programmer of the newly found Istanbul Cinemateque since February 2021.

2022 - BURNING DAYS, Feature
2015 - FRENZY, Feature
2012 - BEYOND THE HILL, Feature

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Emin Alper

Written by: Emin Alper

Produced by: Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay, Fatih Sakiz, Laurent Lavolé, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Stienette Bosklopper, Maarten Swart, Anita Juka, Yorgos Tsourgiannis

Cinematography: Christos Karamanis

Editing: Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker

Production Design: Nadide Argun

Costume Design: Öykü Ersoy

Make-Up & Hair: Esma Keskin

Original Score: Stefan Will

Sound: Krešimir Rodic

Visual Effects: Alexis Vieil

Casting: Ezgi Baltas

Cast: Selahattiin Pasali (Emre), Ekin Koç (Murat), Erol Babaoglu (Sahin), Erdem Senocak (Kemal), Selin Yeninci (Zeynep)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Editor 2022
  • LUX Audience Award 2023
  • Feature Film Selection 2022