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Beyond the Hill

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Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi)

Directed by Emin Alper

  • Turkey, Greece 2012; 94 min
  • Original version: Turkish
  • Genre: Western, Drama
    • Best Film, Dest Director - Ankara IFF
    • Best First Feature (Special Mention), Berlinale
    • Caligari Film Prize, Berlinale Forum
    • Best National Film & FIPRESCI Award - Istanbul FF
    • NETPAC Award - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Special Jury Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Best Feature Film - Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • From the director of FRENZY presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market

  • From the director of FRENZY presented at Doha Film Institute Qumra


It’s a summer’s day and retired forester Faik is receiving visitors at his country home. His son Nusret has come to visit with Faik’s two grandsons Caner and Zafer. Despite the summer setting however, the mood remains oddly muted. Faik is having problems with the local nomads and is constantly on his guard, while Zafer has been suffering mental problems since his military service. This small group is completed by the family of Mehmet and Meryem and brings together different temperaments and social classes. But conflicts are avoided: it’s all someone else’s fault, that of the nomads, who remain an invisible foe.
The parable-like nature of the film is due in no small part to the magnificent Western landscape in which it was shot. The horizon is constantly hemmed in by walls of rock, the range of movement is restricted and the air is thick with menace. This all allows the film to cleverly play with projections and hallucinations. The idea of sloughing off one’s dark side and externalising it in the Other beyond the hill might serve to bring a group together, whether along family or national lines. Yet this will not prevent drama, acting if anything to encourage it.



    Enis Köstepen 


    Nikos Moutselos