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.
- Special Jury Prize - Venice IFF <p>Best Balkan Film - Sofia IFF</p>
- Special Jury Prize - Mediterranean FF Split
- Mehmet Özgür
- Berkay Ates
- Tülin Özen
- Müfit Kayacan
- Ozan Akbaba
- Emin Alper
- Adam Jandrup
- Osman Bayraktaroglu
- Cevdet Erek
ABLUKA tells how the political system turns “little men” into parts of its violent mechanism by providing them with authority and the instruments of violence. Whether this violence is directed at stray dogs or terrorists, these men follow orders – whether to fulfill their dreams or just to make a living. They are indifferent to the effects of their activities. Such ignorance is indeed their own choice. The tragic element of the story is driven both by political conditions and the characters’ own choices. However, those same instruments turn against them, as an outcome of their own paranoia.
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An intense mind-playing psycho-social drama.
I don’t think artists and filmmakers should highlight social problems all the time... but we are living in the same society and cannot isolate ourselves from it.
Emin Alper was born in 1974 in Ermenek, Karaman. Trained in economics and history at Bogazici University-Istanbul, Alper holds a PhD in Turkish Modern History. His first feature, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards including the Caligari Film Prize at Berlinale Forum and Best Film at Asia Pacific Awards. His second feature FRENZY (2015) premiered at 72nd Venice Film Festival's in Official Selection's competition and received Jury Special Prize. Aside from his filmmaking career, Emin Alper teaches modern history in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Istanbul Technical University. His film A TALE OF THREE SISTERS (2019) premiered at Berlinale and won several awards at Istanbul IFF.