Burning Days (Kurak Günler)

Little town, little crimes? In Emin Alper’s thriller, an ambitious prosecutor faces his new job, which he takes after his predecessor who died in unclear circumstances. At first, the locals seem to be open to the stranger, but full of hopes and dreams and dedicated to his work man may shake the solid status quo of the town…
Before the prosecutor even starts to work through the local corruption structures, he makes himself some mighty enemies, becoming a target of homophobic assaults. Then he gets involved in a case of a brutal rape on a young girl.

The film is a metaphor for Erdogan’s oppressive governance, but its bitter message and suffocating atmosphere will be clear everywhere in places where right-wing and conservatives are in charge.

“This film is completely about a society which is dominated by men and their inner conflict” – said the director during The Cannes Festival.

🏆 European Film Awards 2023 – Lux Audience Award, Nominee
🏆 Ankara International Film Festival 2022 – National Competition – Best Film
🏆 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2022 – SIYAD (Cinema Writer’s Foundation) Jury Award – Best Film
🏆 Cannes Film Festival 2022 – Queer Palm, Nominee
🏆 Cannes Film Festival 2022 – Un Certain Regard Award, Nominee
🏆 International Crime and Punishment Film Festival 2022 – Audience Award – Best Film
🏆 International Crime and Punishment Film Festival 2022 – Jury Special Award
🏆 Thessaloniki Film Festival 2022 – Audience Award – Best Film

Support provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw

directed & written:

Emin Alper


Selahattin Pasali, Ekin Koç, Hatice Aslan, Eylül Ersöz, Selin Yeninci, Erdem Senocak, Nizam Namidar, Ali Seçkiner Alici, Erol Babaoglu


Stefan Will


Hristos Karamanis


The Netherlands, Turkey, France, Germany, Greece, Croatia 2022

running time:

129 minutes


feature film

Polish subtitles

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