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Burning Days

Country: Turkey, Language: Turkish, 129 mins

Original Title

Kurak Günler
  • Director: Emin Alper
  • Writer: Emin Alper
  • Producer: Stienette Bosklopper, Viola Fügen, Anita Juka, Nadir Operli, Maarten Swart, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Michael Weber

CGiii Comment

Photography is powerful, sinkholes are both literal and metaphorical. The movie delivers a meditation on the power: having it, disputing it, engaging with it. It is all a matter of power struggles, with traditions, corruption, threats, and a difficult balance to maintain. The state and the village, the outsider and the locals, the urban educated intruder and the brutality and misery of the inhabitants (Deliverance vibes).

If the meditation about power is not new, the film delivers a great, original reflection on the ambiguity of humanity. Could one person, who aspires to act with integrity, be the predator and the victim almost at the same time? Although the village is remote and isolated, the topic of having recourse to drugs to manipulate someone is very contemporary and associated with big cities.

The last scene is haunting. Well done!



The(ir) Blurb...

Emre, a young prosecutor, newly appointed to the small town of Balkaya find himself being pulled into a political conflict during his first murder investigation.

Cast & Characters

Selahattin Pasali
Ekin Koç
Selin Yeninci
Erdem Senocak
Ali Seçkiner Alici
Nizam Namidar
Erol Babaoglu
Enver Husrevoglu (as Avci)
Ismail Bahadir Peker (as Kahvehane Sahibi)