This intensely affecting drama from director Emin Alper (Beyond the Hill, Best Feature Film winner at 6th APSA), premiered in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize.

Set in a dystopian, politically-violent Istanbul, prisoner Kadir makes a secret deal with the government for an early release. In exchange, he becomes a part of an intelligence-gathering unit of garbage collectors, sniffing through trash for potential explosives and other materials terrorists could use to make bombs. Through chance, Kadir reunites with his younger brother, Ahmet, who he hasn’t seen in 20 years. Ahmet’s reluctance to reconnect leads Kadir to concoct conspiracy theories to explain his avoidant behaviour. There’s no escape from Alper’s masterful treatment of this paranoid drama.