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by Emin Alper


Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. Hamza, a high-ranking police officer offers Kadir a conditional release from prison. To be released he has to accept to work in the new intelligence unit of garbage collectors. Kadir accepts, and starts collecting trash from the shanty towns, checking to see whether it contains material related to bomb-making. Kadir finds his younger brother Ahmet in one of those neighborhoods. Ahmet works at the municipality as part of a team responsible for destroying stray dogs. Ahmet’s unwillingness to bond with Kadir as brothers, in spite of Kadir’s insistance, leads Kadir to plot conspiracy theories to explain Ahmet’s distance.

international title: Frenzy
original title: Abluka
country: Turkey, France
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Emin Alper
film run: 114'
release date: FR 23/11/2016
screenplay: Emin Alper
cast: Mehmet Özgür, Berkay Ates
cinematography by: Adam Jandrup
film editing: Osman Bayraktaroglu
music: Cevdet Erek
producer: Nadir Operli, Enis Köstepen, Cem Doruk
production: Paprika Films, Liman Film
backing: Eurimages, CNC, Doha Film Institute, Visions Sud Est
distributor: Nour Films


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2015Venezia 72, Special Jury Prize, Arca CinemaGiovani Award: Best Film
Vienna International Film Festival 2015 
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016 
Sofia International Film Festival 2016
Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film
Arras Film Festival 206 

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