Venice 2015 – Competition – Winner – Special Jury Prize; Winner – Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Toronto 2015 – Contemporary World Cinema
Adana Golden Ball Film Festival – Winner – Best Film, Best Editing, Best Art Director, Promising Actor (Berkay Ates), People's Choice for Best Film
Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. The state uses new underground techniques in the hunt for terrorists in shantytowns. Kadir works as a garbage collector to search for traces of bomb-making – the price he paid for a secret early parole. He is reunited with his younger brother Ahmet who works for the city as a stray dog exterminator. Despite Kadir's repeated efforts, Ahmet seems reluctant to develop a deep brotherly bond. Escalating pressure from the authorities creates suspicion and mistrust. Kadir’s misplaced desires lead to irrational jealousy, and Ahmet becomes strangely attached to a wounded dog. As it becomes obvious that Ahmet is avoiding him, Kadir concocts conspiracy theories to explain his behavior. There’s no escape from the suffocating atmosphere that can turn friends into enemies. Their frenzied paranoia can only lead to destruction.
From the acclaimed director of BEYOND THE HILL (2012 Berlinale Forum - Caligari Film Prize).
Mehmet Özgür (as Kadir)
Berkay Ate? (as Ahmet)
Tülin Özen (as Meral)