In the quiet foothills of Turkey, Faik lives an isolated existence. When his second son brings his boys for a visit, Faik takes the opportunity to pontificate about the law of the land, as he sees it. He shares one unsolicited thought after the next, most particularly focusing on the elusive nomads whom he suspects have been trespassing on his property. The day and night wear on, and each member of the clan takes his turn entrusting the film's audience with his own dark secret.
In his feature debut, Emin Alper demonstrates a level of skill and subtlety in execution that earns him the distinction of a talent to watch. His use of space and setting creates a strikingly ominous narrative out of the simplicity of topography and facial expression. These landscapes—whether Faik's hills or a twisting grimace in close-up—become the driving dramatic forces within the story. Masterfully evoking tension through isolation, landscape, and unspoken conflict, Alper conveys that what lies beyond the hill may be far less damaging than what is within your walls.
Length: 94 minutes
Premiere: North American
Director: Emin Alper
Screenwriter: Emin Alper
Producer: Enis Köstepen, Seyfi Teoman
Editor: Ozcan Vardar
Director of Photography: George Chiper-Lillemark
Production Designer: Ismail Durmaz
Composer: Volkan Akmehmet, Inanc Sanver
Co-Producer: Nikos Moutselos
Primary Cast: Tamer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür, Berk Hakman, Banu Fotocan, Furkan Berk Kiran
Emin Alper holds a PhD in Turkish modern history and teaches in the humanities department at Istanbul Technical University. He is the writer and director of the short films Rifat (2006) and The Letter (2005). He won a special mention for best first feature at the Berlinale for Beyond the Hill.