London premiere of Emin Alper’s Burning Days to double up as earthquake fundraiser

Global film streaming platform MUBI and distribution company The Match Factory are working with film charity Balık Arts to present crime thriller Burning Days.

The new film by award-winning Turkish director Emin Alper, will get its London premiere at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, East London, on Saturday 2 April 2023. The event will also be used to raise vital funds for the Turkish and Syrian earthquake appeal.

The special screening and fundraising event is being organised in conjunction with Choose Love, an organisation providing humanitarian aid to refugees around the world.

MUBI has confirmed it will be donating 100% of the ticket proceeds from the Burning Days screening to Choose Love’s emergency earthquake response appeal.

The event will be introduced by Choose Love and Balık Arts, with those attending able to raise further money for the earthquake relief through a special raffle.

Those who are unable to attend the screening, but would like to support Choose Love’s emergency earthquake appeal fundraiser, can donate using this online link – click here.

Film synopsis

Emre, a young and dedicated prosecutor, is newly appointed to a small town hit by a water crisis and political scandals. After an initial welcome, Emre experiences an increasing number of tense interactions and is reluctantly dragged into local politics. When Emre forms a bond with the owner of the local newspaper, pressure escalates under heated rumours.

The film premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival last year and received a standing ovation after its screening.

Alper’s directorial debut, Beyond the Hill (2012) won the Caligari Film Prize in the 62nd Berlinale and Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. His second feature Frenzy (2015) won the Special Jury Prize after premiering in competition at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

About Mubi

MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor dedicated to elevating great cinema. MUBI makes, acquires, curates, and champions visionary films from both iconic directors to emerging auteurs, connecting them to audiences all over the world.

A new hand-picked film arrives on the streaming platform every day, carefully chosen by MUBI’s curators.  The platform is available across 190 countries, with more than 12 million members around the world.

MUBI acquired renowned sales agent and production company The Match Factory and Match Factory Productions in January 2022.

About Balik Arts

Balık Arts was set up in 1999 to work with children and young people through the arts, especially film. Their motto is ‘social change via film’ and they aim to provide new opportunities and horizons through their many youth projects. Over the years these have included acting classes, filmmaking workshops, transnational youth exchanges, film screenings and film festivals.

Balık Arts offers volunteering, traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people and is involved in film production and events management.

They are behind Taste of Anatolia, an annual UK based festival showcasing the best of independent cinema from Turkiye. Balık Arts has a wide network around the world and cooperates across the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.

About Choose Love

Choose Love does whatever it takes to provide refugees and displaced people with everything from lifesaving search and rescue boats to food and legal advice. In 7 years they have helped over 4 million people in over 30 countries.

They are currently working to support the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by the recent earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.

Everything they do is powered by a vision of a world that chooses love and justice every day, for everyone.

Screening Details

Title: Earthquake Relief Fundraiser – London Premiere Screening of Burning Days

Date: Sunday 2 April

Doors: 3.45pm

Venue: Rio Cinema Dalston, 107 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB

Admission: Tickets are priced from £10, available online from the venue. Click here to buy.