Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2022


Directed by Emin Alper


Director: Emin Alper
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Turkey
Year: 2022
Language: Turkish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Selahatti̇n Paşali, Eki̇n Koç, Erol Babaoğlu, Erdem Şenocak, Seli̇n Yeni̇nci̇


A prosecutor ventures into a small town rife with corruption and crime and finds the stakes could not be higher.

Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is sent to a small town hit by a water crisis and rocked by political scandals. After an initial welcome, he soon experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. What begins as a small-town crime investigation slowly transforms into a witch hunt.

Meet the director


Emin Alper

Emin Alper was born in Ermenek, Turkey, in 1974. He studied economics and history at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and holds a PhD in Turkish modern history. His first feature film, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards, including the Caligari Film Prize at the Berlinale Forum and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film. His second feature, FRENZY (2015), premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize. His third feature film, A STORY OF THREE SISTERS (2019), debuted in competition at the Berlinale and received awards at various festivals. Alper has been an active part of the newly established Istanbul Cinematheque since February 2021.


Screenplay: Emin Alper
Director of Photography: Christos Karamanis (GSC)
Film Editor: Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker
Composer: Stefan Will
Production Designer: Nadide Argun
Costume Design: Öykü Ersoy
Producer: Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay
Production Company: Ay Yapim, Liman Film
Co-Producer: Fatih Sakız, Laurent Lavolé, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Stienette Bosklopper, Maarten Swart, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Anita Juka
Co-Production Company: Zola Yapim, Circe Films, Horsefly Productions, 4 Films, Gloria Films, Match Factory Productions
World Sales: The Match Factory
Distributor: Cinemien