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Abluka (Frenzy)

Turkish director’s film competing for Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

BGN News

Award-winning Turkish film director Emin Alper’s latest movie will contest this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Alper’s 114-minute film Abluka [Frenzy] centers on the story of two brothers who are struggling to survive under “heavy political violence”. The film stars Turkish actors Mehmet Özgür and Berkay Ateş.

Alper’s film will be competing against offerings from award-winning directors such as Russia’s Alexander Sokurov, Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai as well as Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan.



Another prominent Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan -- who won the 2014 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival -- will be a jury member at this festival.

In May, the Venice International Film Festival festival revealed Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron as its jury director.

This year’s festival will also see the rescreening of fellow Turkish award-winner Yılmaz Güney’s 1970-movie Umut [Hope] at the Venice Classics section, a world premiere selection of restored films.

2015 | AA | Istanbul



Synopsis

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.

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Abluka (Frenzy)
by Emin Alper - Turkey, France, Qatar, 114'
language: Turkish - s/t English, Italian
Cast: Mehmet Özgür, Berkay Ates

8 September 22:00 - Sala Grande
9 September 17:30 - PalaBiennale


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