A Turkish-Greek coproduction at the Berlinale Forum!

“Beyond the Hill”, a Turkish-Greek coproduction courtesy of director Emin Alper features prominently among the Forum’s 38 titles – the Berlin International Film Festival’s most restless section – after participating in the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Crossroads Co-production Forum in 2010. This year he returned with a scene selection from the half-finished film, which screened as a Work in Progress at the Film Market, winning a special mention.

Among the many professionals who watched those first 10 minutes in Thessaloniki was Anna Hoffmann, the Berlinale Forum coordinator. The Greek coproduction deal was also a direct result of the festival, as the filmmakers happened to meet the people in charge of Greek post-production house 2/35 during the Film Market. They immediately signed on and the project was later completed in Athens.

According to the film’s official synopsis, “Beyond the Hill” tells the story of Faik, who returns home to work the land he inhereted from his grandfather after leaving the state forestry service. One summer day, his son and two grandchildren drop by to see him. His older grandson is a war veteran, suffering from mental disorders, while his younger grandson is a teenager, desperately trying to prove his manhood. At the exact moment of their arrival, Faik’s dispute with the trespassing nomads has almost become a vendetta. In retaliation for some earlier behavior, Faik steals one of their goats, which he plans to slaughter and cook for his family. His macho reaction inspires hatred in his son and grandchildren, who will turn against the nomads with tragic consequences…

The 38 titles of this year’s Forum are:

  • Al Juma Al Akheira (The Last Friday) by Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan/United Arab Emirates
  • Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) by Marlon N Rivera, the Philippines
  • Avalon by Axel Petersén, Sweden
  • Bagrut Lochamim (Soldier / Citizen) by Silvina Landsmann, Israel
  • Bestiaire by Denis Côté, Canada/France
  • Beziehungsweisen (Negotiating Love) by Calle Overweg, Germany
  • La demora (The Wait) by Rodrigo Plá, Uruguay/Mexico/France
  • Escuela normal (Normal School) by Celina Murga, Argentina
  • Espoir voyage by Michel K Zongo, France/Burkina Faso
  • For Ellen by So Yong Kim, USA
  • Formentera by Ann-Kristin Reyels, Germany
  • Francine by Brian M Cassidy/Melanie Shatzky, USA/Canada
  • Friends after 3.11 by Iwai Shunji, Japan
  • Habiter / Construire (Living / Building) by Clémence Ancelin, France
  • Hemel by Sacha Polak, the Netherlands/Spain
  • Hiver nomade (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler, Switzerland
  • Jaurès by Vincent Dieutre, France
  • Kashi (Choked) by Kim Joong-hyun, Republic of Korea
  • Kazoku no kuni (Our Homeland) by Yang Yonghi, Japan
  • Kid-Thing by David and Nathan Zellner, USA
  • Koi ni itaru yamai (The End of Puberty) by Kimura Shoko, Japan
  • Die Lage (Condition) by Thomas Heise, Germany
  • No Man’s Zone (Mujin chitai) by Fujiwara Toshi, Japan/France
  • Nuclear Nation by Funahashi Atsushi, Japan
  • Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete) by Heinz Emigholz, Germany
  • Paziraie Sadeh (Modest Reception) by Mani Haghighi, Iran
  • Příliš mladá noc (A Night Too Young) by Olmo Omerzu, Czech Republic/Slovenia
  • Revision by Philip Scheffner, Germany
  • Salsipuedes by Mariano Luque, Argentina
  • Sekret (Secret) by Przemysław Wojcieszek, Poland
  • Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen/Cristina Diz, Germany
  • Le sommeil d’or (Golden Slumbers) by Davy Chou, France/Cambodia
  • Spanien (Spain) by Anja Salomonowitz, Austria
  • Tepenin Ardı (Beyond the Hill) by Emin Alper, Turkey/Greece
  • Tiens moi droite (Keep Me Upright) by Zoé Chantre
  • Toată lumea din familia noastră (Everybody in Our Family) by Radu Jude, Romania/The Netherlands
  • What Is Love by Ruth Mader, Austria
  • Zavtra (Tomorrow) by Andrey Gryazev, Russia

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival starts on February 9 and runs for 10 days, until February 19th.
Read more about “Meteora” the new film by Spyros Stathoulopoulos that screens in competition at the Berlinale and “Mustafa’s Sweet Dreams” by Angelos Abazoglou, another competition entry at the Generation 14plus section for children and young people.