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The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, director Fatih Akin's deeply humanistic, multi-layered drama follows the stories of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- as they realize the meaning of love while facing the harsh realities of the world we live in. Nejat is a second-generation Turkish immigrant living in Germany. His father Ali is a retired widower. When lonely Ali invites pretty prostitute Yeter to move in with him, Nejat makes no attempt to mask his disapproval. Nejat's opinion of Yeter begins to soften a bit, however, when he learns that she regularly sends tuition money to her daughter Ayten in Turkey. Suddenly, Yeter is dead, the unfortunate victim of Ali's violent temper. In the wake of Yeter's death, Nejat is determined to do the right thing for Ayten, and prepares to travel to Turkey to find the girl. But Ayten is a political activist who has recently fled from Turkey to Germany, where she befriended a German student named Lotte. Lotte's conservative mother Susanne isn't comfortable with her daughter's decision to invite a fugitive to live with their family, and when Ayten is arrested by German police and deported back to Turkey, the rebellious daughter rejects her mother and sets out in search of her friend. Later, in Istanbul, Nejat and Lotte are brought together by fate and Susanne is prompted to reexamine her values while searching for her daughter and being confronted with life on the other side. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:May 21, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Hanna Schygulla Best Supporting Actress 2008 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Fatih Akin Best Screenplay 2007 Winner

Cast

Baki Davrak
as Nejat Aksu
Tuncel Kurtiz
as Ali Aksu
Nursel Köse
as Yeter Ozturk
Nurgul Yesilcay
as Ayten Ozturk
Hanna Schygulla
as Susanne Staub

Crew

Fatih Akin
Director
Fatih Akin
Producer
Andreas Thiel
Producer
Klaus Maeck
Producer
Fatih Akin
Screenwriter
Rainer Klausmann
Cinematographer
Shantel
Musical Direction/Supervision
Shantel
Composer (Music Score)
Andrew D. Bird
Editor
Sirma Bradley
Art Director
Tamo Kunz
Art Director
Funda Odemis
Co-producer
Ali Akdeniz
Co-producer
Erhan Özogul
Co-producer
Paolo Colombo
Associate Producer
Alberto Fanni
Associate Producer
Flaminio Zadra
Associate Producer
Katrin Aschendorf
Costume Designer
Richard Borowski
Sound/Sound Designer
Joerg Krieger
Sound/Sound Designer
Ayse Barim
Consultant/advisor
Monique Akin
Casting
Christian Springer
Line Producer
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