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Beyond the Hill

Beyond the Hill

Original Title: Tepenin Ardi
Director: Emin Alper
Turkey | Turkish
2012 | 94min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
15+
The concept of the ‘other’ as the enemy, unknown yet feared and loathed, forms the basis of a compelling psychological thriller from Turkey. With its intricate plot, excellent acting and impressive visual dexterity that blends elements from the dark comedy and Western genres, Emin Alper’s Beyond the Hill is not only frightening but also succeeds in maintaining suspense throughout.

In a remote rural valley in Turkey, Faik spends his retirement days tending the land. Meanwhile, ongoing tensions with a group of elusive nomads who live ‘beyond the hill’ are only rising in intensity. Faik suspects the nomads have been grazing their animals on his property, but has been unable to catch them in the act. When his son and grandsons arrive for a visit, it soon becomes obvious that something darker is approaching. Everyone’s secrets are bound to spill out as the narrative shifts from the story of one character to another. When the conflict with the nomads turns into a blood feud, a shocking confrontation with the truth is inevitable. An outstanding talent to watch, Emin Alper succeeds in combining universal themes like isolation, dread and secrecy into a sharp, sophisticated social and political allegory of the realities that Turkey confronts. With its powerful use of stark Anatolian landscapes in setting the stage for an ever-growing paranoia, Beyond the Hill skillfully depicts the state of mind of a community whose survival relies on relentless antagonism and claustrophobia.

– Özge Calafato

Director,  Emin Alper

Director,  Emin Alper

Emin Alper was born in Konya, Turkey. He completed a PhD in modern Turkish history, but a lifelong love of cinema led him to pursue it as a career. In addition to acting in short films, he directed The Letter (2005) and Rifat (2006). Beyond the Hill is his first feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
Emin Alper
Cast
Tamer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür, Berk Hakman, Banu Fotocan, Furkan Berk Kıran
Production Company
Bulut Film
Music
Volkan Akmehmet, İnanc Sanver
Producer
Enis Köstepen, Seyfi Teoman
Screenwriter
Emin Alper
Editor
Özcan Vardar
Cinematographer
George Chiper-Lillemark
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