September 2012

"Tepenin ardı - Beyond the Hill"

by Emin Alper, opens November 15, 2012, accompanied by the Caligari-Film Award Tour November 16-19

Congratulations: "Tepenin ardı" wins the Best Feature Film award at the sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film! On a summer’s day retired forester Faik is receiving visitors at his country home. His son Nusret has come to visit with Faik’s two grandsons Caner and Zafer. Despite the summer setting however, the mood remains oddly muted. Faik is having problems with the local nomads and is constantly on his guard, while Zafer has been suffering mental problems since his military service. This small group is completed by the family of Mehmet and Meryem and brings together different temperaments and social classes. But conflicts are avoided: it’s all someone else’s fault, that of the nomads, who remain an invisible foe.

The parable-like nature of the film is due in no small part to the magnificent Western landscape in which it was shot. The horizon is constantly hemmed in by walls of rock, the range of movement is restricted and the air is thick with menace. This all allows the film to cleverly play with projections and hallucinations. The idea of sloughing off one’s dark side and externalising it in the Other beyond the hill might serve to bring a group together, whether along family or national lines. Yet this will not prevent drama, acting if anything to encourage it.

These are the screening dates for the Caligari-Film Award Tour 2012 attended by the director:

16.11., 5.45 pm, Filmmuseum Frankfurt / Turkish Film Festival

17.11., 8.15 pm, programmkino rex, Darmstadt in co-operation with the Filmkreis TU

18.11., 7.15 pm, Kinoklub, Erfurt

19.11., 8.30 pm, filmforum, Duisburg

Director Emin Alper was born on August 13, 1974 in Konya, Turkey. He studied economics and history at Bogazici University in Istanbul, earning a Ph.D. in Turkish Modern History. He teaches at Istanbul Technical University’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department. He is the director of the short films Rıfat (2006) and The Letter (2005). Tepenin ardı is Emin Alper’s debut feature.

Tepenin ardı - Beyond the Hill
Land/year: Turkey, Greece 2012. Format: Blu-ray, Cinemascope, colour. Length: 94 Min. language: Turkish. Language Version: OV with German subtitles. Director, Author: Emin Alper. Camera: George Chiper-Lillemark. Editor: Özcan Vardar. Music: Volkan Akmehmet, İnanç Şanver. Producers: Enis Köstepen, Seyfi Teoman (Bulut Film). Actors: Tamer Levent (Faik), Reha Özcan (Nusret), Mehmet Özgür (Mehmet), Berk Hakman (Zafer), Furkan Berk Kıran (Caner), Banu Fotocan (Meryem), Sercan Gümüş (Süleyman), Şevval Kuş (Aliye).