Thursday, 28.09., 8:30 p.m., Festsaal
Friday, 29.09., 4:16 p.m., kommkino
Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. Hamza, a high-ranking police officer offers Kadir a conditional release from prison. To be released he has to accept to work in the new intelligence unit of garbage collectors. Kadir accepts, and starts collecting trash from the shanty towns, checking to see whether it contains material related to bomb-making. Kadir finds his younger brother Ahmet in one of those neighborhoods. Ahmet works at the municipality as part of a team responsible for destroying stray dogs. Ahmet’s unwillingness to bond with Kadir as brothers, in spite of Kadir’s insistance, lead Kadir to plot conspiracy theories to explain Ahmet’s distance.
Emin Alper, director and scriptwriter, was born in 1974 in Konya, Turkey. He studied economics and history in Instanbul. His first fiction film Beyond the Hill premiered at the Berlinale Festival in 2012 and won the Berlinale Caligari award, followed by over 20 other awards at several international festivals, including the main prize at the international filmfestival in Instanbul and Ankara. Alper's second film Frenzy received an invitation to the competition for the golden lion at the Venice Film Festival. Frenzy won the jury's special award and the Premio Arca CinemaGiovani for the best film in the competition.