BEYOND THE HILL

TEPENIN ARDI

By Emin ALPER

BULUT FILM - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

Beyond the Hills is a suspenseful family drama set in a moor cottage during the summer in SouthernTurkey. Within the circumstances of a family gathering over two days it focuses on the themes of masculine violence and scapegoating. It is also a metaphorical story about political violence in Turkey

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2012
Forum
Abu Dhabi FF 2012
New Horizons
Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2012
Forum
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama, Family
    • Countries
    • TURKEY, GREECE
    • Languages
    • TURKISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Emin ALPER
    • Writer(s)
    • Emin ALPER
    • Producer(s)
    • Enis KÖSTEPEN (BULUT FILM), Seyfi TEOMAN (BULUT FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • It’s a summer’s day and 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.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2011
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