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Fatih Akin

Filmography
Selected
2000 Im Juli/In July
2002 Solino
2003 Gegen die Wand/Head On
2005 Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul (doc.)
2007 Auf der anderen seite/The Edge of Heaven

Biography
He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1973 to Turkish parents.A screenwriter, director and actor, his films have won awards at numerous international film festivals. In 2003 he founded the film production company Corazon International. In 2004, his film Head- On won the German Film Award for Best Film, Direction, Screenplay, and Cinematography, the Golden Bear at Berlin, and the award for Best European Film at the European Film Awards. His film Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul screened at the Thessaloniki IFF in 2005. The Edge of Heaven was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes IFF 2007.

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The Edge of Heaven / Fatih Akin

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali’s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies.Yeter’s sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter’s daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne.When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey, where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.


Director:Fatih Akin
Script:Fatih Akin
Cinematography:Rainer Klausmann
Editing:Andrew Bird
Sound:Kai Lüde
Music:Shantel
Art Direction:Tamo Kunz, Sirma Bradley
Costumes:Katrin Aschendorf
With:Baki Davrak (Nejat Aksu), Tuncel Kurtiz (Ali Aksu), Nursel Köse (Yeter Öztürk), Nurgül Yesilcay (Ayten Öztürk), Hanna Schygulla (Susanne Staub), Patrycia Ziolkowska (Lotte Staub)
Producer:Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin
Production:Corazon International GmbH, Germany
Production Country:Germany - Turkey
Co-production:Anka Film, Turkey
Format:35mm Color
Duration:122'
Production Year:2007
Screening Schedule
STAVROS TORNES:Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 20:15
FRIDA LIAPPA:Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 23:00
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