Emin Alper holds a PHD in Turkish modern history and teaches at the Istanbul Technical University. While he knew he always wanted to make films, during his university years Turkish cinema was "not in its heyday" and production conditions here "very difficult," he recalls. But soon after starting his academic career he knew he would never be happy without filmmaking in his life, so a filmmaker he became. His first feature film (after shorts "Rifat" and "The Letter"), "Beyond the Hill," won a special mention award at the Berlinale. Alper brings "Beyond the Hill" to Tribeca 2012.
What it's about: It’s about the violence required to keep a community together.
Director Alper says: "I really like what a film critic, Brian Clark wrote about 'Beyond the Hill' at Twitch Film. He says in 'Beyond the Hill' I 'weave in pointed political and cultural allegory along with elements of (deep breath...) dark comedy, revisionist-westerns, family-dramas, mysteries and horror films.' And he thinks that I am 'able to deftly balance all of these aspects without losing the audience or sacrificing the film's suspense.' I would be more than delighted if every audience member have a similar experience!"
What Alper hopes audiences get from the film: "I would like them to ask to themselves the following: What kind of a community do we want to live in? Do we want to be a closed and idealized community that is blind to its internal conflicts and problems? Or do we want to be a community that is aware it’s not innocent, that does not see its internal conflicts as weak points and is a community that does not need enemies and scapegoats to build its unity. I hope I made a film that comes to their mind now and then, at least for a while after seeing it."
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Below watch the trailer: