Emin Alper

3 Films in collection

Born in 1974 in Ermenek in the Turkish province of Karaman, Emin Alper studied economics and history at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He holds a Ph.D in Modern Turkish History. His first film, Tepenin Ardi (Beyond the Hill), has been awarded many times, in particular at the Berlinale with the Caligari Prize; it was named Best Film in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2015, Abluka (Frenzy), in competition at Venice, received the Special Jury Prize. In 2019, A Tale of Three Sisters was in competition at the Berlinale and received several awards at the Istanbul Film Festival: Best Turkish Film, Best Director, Best Actress and FIPRESCI Award. Emin Alper also teaches at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. His latest film Burning Days was nominated for the Queer Palm Award in Cannes and in the section Un Certain Regard.


2022 BURNING DAYS (Kurak Günler)
2015 ABLUKA (Frenzy)
2012 TEPENIN ARDI (Beyond the Hill)
2006 RıFAT (short)
2005 MEKTUP (short)

Burning Days - Kurak Günler (Flyer)

Burning Days - Kurak Günler (2022)

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. More

A Tale of Three Sisters (Flyer)

A Tale of Three Sisters (2019)

The three sisters Reyhan (20), Nurhan (16) and Havva (13) all live with their father in a remote village in central Anatolia. One after the other they were sent away to town to work as housemaids, but each of them has now returned. The last of the sisters to do so is Nurhan. She beat the local doctor’s son because he wet his bed every night. When Reyhan returned home pregnant, her father hastily married her off to the shepherd, Veysel. One day, the inebriated Veysel rises up against the village elder; his actions have dramatic consequences. More

Abluka (Flyer)

Abluka (2015)

Istanbul is in political chaos. Armed groups have taken control of the shantytowns. The police response is brutal. In the midst of this, two brothers are drawn into the violence. Kadir is released after a 15-year prison term and goes in search of his younger brother Ahmet. Meanwhile, Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. Hamza, a high-ranking police officer helps Kadir find a job as an informer. He collects garbage, checking to see whether it contains material related to bomb-making. Ahmet works at the municipality as part of a team responsible for destroying stray dogs. More