Burning Days

by Emin Alper

Burning Days


Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is newly appointed to a small town hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, he experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. When Emre forms a bond with the owner of the local newspaper pressure escalates under heated rumours.


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. His third feature A TALE OF THREE SISTERS (2019) premiered at Berlin Film Festival’s main competition, and received many awards in several festivals. Aside from his filmmaking career, Emin Alper works as the artistic programmer of the newly found Istanbul Cinemateque since February 2021.

2022 Burning Days
2019 A Tale of Three Sisters
2015 Frenzy
2012 Beyond the Hill


Selahatti̇n Paşali
Eki̇n Koç
Erol Babaoğlu
Erdem Şenocak
Seli̇n Yeni̇nci̇


Writer and director Emin Alper
Producers Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay
Co-producers Fatih Sakız, Laurent Lavolé, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Stienette Bosklopper, Maarten Swart, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Anita Juka
Associate Producers İrem Akbal, Maya Scherr-Willson
Director of Photography Christos Karamanis (GSC)
Production Designer Nadide Argun
Music Stefan Will
Editors Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker
Casting Ezgi Baltaş
Line Producer Selim Güntürkün
Art Director Ceyda Yüceer
Sound Krešimir Rodic
1st Assistant Director Damla Kırkalı
Costume Designer Öykü Ersoy
Hair & Make-up Artist Esma Keskin
Gaffer Ünal Kaplan
VFX Supervisor Alexis Vieil
Re-recording Mixer Nardi van Dijk
Color grading Sakis Bouzanis

Technical Data

Original title Kurak Günler
Duration 130 min
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Format 2K
Sound 5.1 Atmos
Year 2022
Original language Turkish
Countries of production Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia
Production companies Ay Yapim, Liman Film
Co-production companies Zola Yapim, Gloria Films, Match Factory Productions, Circe Films, Horsefly Productions, 4 Films

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