Burning Days (Kurak Günler)

Little town, little crimes? In Emin Alper’s thriller, an ambitious prosecutor faces his new job, which he tooks after the predecessor who died in unsolved circumstances. At first, the locals seems to be open on the stranger, but full of hopes and dreams, dedicated to work policeman may shake the solid status quo of the town…

Before the prosecutor even starts to work through the local corruption structures, he’ll made himself some mighty enemies, becoming a target of homophobic assaults . Then he’ll get involved in case of brutal rape on young girl.

The film is a metaphor of Recep Erdogan’s opressive governance, but its bitter message and suffocating atmosphere will be clear everywhere in places where right-wing and conservatives rule.

This is the story about society dominated by men, about their inner conflicts – 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

English/Polish subtitles

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