U.S. Premiere

Frenzy | Abluka

Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. The state uses new underground techniques in the hunt for terrorists in shanty towns. 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. 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...

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2016): Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film
  • SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Association Awards (2016): Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing
  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy (2015): Special Jury Prize, Arca Cinema Giovani Award for Best Film, Best Director
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2015): Jury Grand Prize
  • Adana International Film Festival, Turkey (2015): Best Film, Audience Award, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Most Promising Young Actor (Berkay Ateş)
  • MUFF Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey (2015): Best Director, Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) Award
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2015)


Emin Alper


Emin Alper (Konya, 1974) was trained in Economics and History at Boğaziçi University. After shooting the short films The Letter (2005) and Rıfat (2006), he directed his first feature film Beyond the Hill (2012) which received awards, including the Caligari Film Prize at Berlin and Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department
of Istanbul Technical University.


Abluka / Frenzy (2015)
Tepenin Ardı / Beyond the Hill (2012)
Rıfat (short, 2006)
Mektup / The Letter (short, 2005)



2:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Frenzy | Abluka

Directed by
Emin Alper

Mehmet Özgür, Berkay Ateş, Tülin Özen,
Müfit Kayacan, Ozan Akbaba

2015 / 119 min.
with English subtitles

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