Burning Days

Kurak Günler

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

In this highly stylized film blending Western and neo-noir iconography with poignant social critique, 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 rumors. Explosive from its very first scene, when a vast hole in the ground drives us into a universe of violence and blood, and fixating till the end credits, this intense allegory about homosociality and power invents a new language to decry the makings of a society which is dominated by men, and to discuss their inner conflict.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Emin Alper
Script: Emin Alper
Cinematography: Christos Karamanis
Editing: Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker
Sound: Krešimir Rodic
Music: Stefan Will
Actors: Selahatti̇n Paşali, Eki̇n Koç, Erol Babaoğlu, Erdem Şenocak, Seli̇n Yeni̇nci̇
Production: Ay Yapim, Liman Film
Producers: Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay
Co-production: Zola Yapim, Gloria Films, Match Factory Productions, Circe Films, Horsefly Films, 4 Films
Co-producers: Fatih Sakız, Laurent Lavolé, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Stienette Bosklopper, Maarten Swart, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Anita Juka
Costumes: Öykü Ersoy
Production Design: Nadide Argun Van Uden
Make Up: Esma Keskin
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Türkiye, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 131΄
Distribution in Greece: Mikrokosmos
Contact: The Match Factory
Awards/Distinctions: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Supporting Actor, Cahide Sonku Award for the Visibility of Women in the Turkish Film Industry, Turkish Film Directors’ Association Best Director Award, Turkish Film Critics’ Association Best Film Award – Antalya IFF 2022, Best Film – Pula IFF 2022

Emin Alper

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 Berlinale Forum and Best Film at Asia Pacific Awards. His second feature Frenzy (2015) premiered at 72nd Venice Film Festival’s in Official Selection’s competition and received Jury Special Prize. His third feature A Tale of Three Sisters 2019) premiered at 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.


2012 Beyond the Hill
2015 Frenzy
2019 A Tale of Three Sisters
2022 Burning Days