Rounding up its Venice sales slate to four features, one of the biggest on the Lido, Michael Weber’s Match Factory has acquired international rights to Venice competition entry “Frenzy.”
A political thriller, “Frenzy” marks the second feature from Turkish writer-director Emin Alper, whose 2012 debut, “Beyond the Hill,” established him as a talent to track, winning the Berlin’s Forum’s Caligari Film Prize and best picture at Asia-Pacific Screen Awards. Pic was produced Nadir Operli, Liman Film, in co-production with Paprika Films and Insignia Yapim. The pickup of “Frenzy” reteams the Match Factory with Turkish producer Operli, after it sold 2011’s “Our Grand Despair,” from Seyfi Teoman, which Operli produced.
Inspired by “numerous violent histories of the modern world and a story whose relevance “increased as politics in Turkey stubbornly stick to old means,” said director Alper, “Frenzy” turns on “contemporary anxiety in the face of paranoia unleashed by political violence,” Operli added.
The film follows Kadir, who is is released from prison to work in a new intelligence unit of garbage collectors. He accepts, starts collecting trash from shanty towns, checking it for material related to bomb-making. This brings him into contact again with his younger brother, who shies away from Kadir, making his brother suspicious of his actions.
“We are thrilled about our cooperation with Emin Alper on his new feature and the continuing collaboration with the great producer Nadir Öperli. We are certain this absorbing story will reach worldwide audiences,” Weber added.