German sales company The Match Factory has acquired the international rights to burning daysthe next feature film by Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper which will premiere at Un Certain Regard in Cannes.
The Match Factory previously handled Alper’s competition title at the 2019 Berlinale A tale of three sisters and its winner of the 2015 Venice Jury Prize Frenzy. burning days marks the first time Alper has been selected at Cannes and will make his Un Certain Regard sidebar debut next month. The filmmaker was invited to the Cinefondation L’Atelier de Cannes co-production forum with the project in 2020, when it was titled Balkaya.
The film follows the story of a dedicated young prosecutor, newly appointed to a small town in Turkey hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, he experiences increasingly tense interactions and is reluctantly drawn into local politics, forming a bond with the owner of the local newspaper which generates heated rumours.
“I wrote this story to convey the sense of isolation that increasingly haunts the contemporary individual in an atmosphere of rising right-wing populism around the world,” Alper said.
burning days was produced by regular Alper collaborator Nadir Operli for Ay Yapim and Liman Film in Turkey. The co-producers are Zola Yapim from Turkey, Gloria Films from France, Pola Pandora from Germany, Circe Films from the Netherlands, Horsefly Productions from Greece and 4Film from Croatia.
Other titles from The Match Factory at Cannes include that of Lukas Dhont closewho plays in competition.