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Frenzy (Abluka)

Directed by Emin Alper

  • Turkey, France, Qatar 2015; 119 min
  • Original version: Turkish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Jury Prize - Venice IFF

      Best Balkan Film - Sofia IFF

    • Special Jury Prize - Mediterranean FF Split

  • Toronto IFF
    Karlovy Vary IFF

  • From the director of THREE SISTERS OF CUKURCA presented at CineMart


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.

Director's Statement

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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