Magazine article Variety

Emin Alper: 'I Really like to Experiment with New Styles, and Generally the Story Shows Me the Way'

Magazine article Variety

Emin Alper: 'I Really like to Experiment with New Styles, and Generally the Story Shows Me the Way'

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"A tale OF three sisters" is the third feature by Turkish auteur Emin Alper, who won Venice's Jury Special Prize in 2015 with his politically charged drama "Frenzy," set in a dystopian Istanbul. His new film unfolds in central Anatolia, where three sisters who had been assigned as foster children to affluent families are made to return to their father's house in his poor village. It observes the dynamics of their newly formed bond amid the crushing poverty of their birthplace. Alper spoke to Variety about his transition to more personal filmmaking with this drama that combines realism with fable. It screens in Berlin's competition. nick vivarelli

With this film you are back in central Anatolia, where your first work, "Beyond the Hill," is set. What drew you back to your homeland?

This one is a bit different compared with my previous films, in which there was a political context, an allegorical aspect tied to the politics of Turkey. It's much more personal, inspired by my childhood. By this ancient custom in Anatolia of a foster daughter that we call "besleme" and now is disappearing. My first motivation was to search, to dwell, on this custom because when I was a child I was raised by one of these girls ... who came from a very poor family in a village.

Each of your three features seems to have a deliberately different tone. "Beyond the Hill" had elements of dark comedy and Western; "Frenzy," a touch of "Blade Runner." This film seems more of a classic realistic social drama, but has fairy-tale elements. …

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