Germany/Austria. 2018, feature film, German / Turkish with English subtitles, 100 min. | Director: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay | Cast: Zejhun Demirov, Deniz Orta, Cem Göktas ̧, Mikael Bajrami, Faris Yüzbaşıoğlu,Ferhat Keskin, Kais Setti, Şahin Eryılmaz | Screenplay: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay | Camera: Christian
Kochmann | Editing: Denys Darahan | Production: filmfaust filmproduktion (Cologne)
In an argument with his wife Burcu, Oray pronounces the Islamic word for separation, “talaq.” The Imam informs him of the consequences: Oray must now separate from Burcu for three months. Oray uses the enforced break in their relationship to make a fresh start and moves to Cologne.
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
employs a quasi-documentary style to tell the story of an individual exhausting himself as he works his way through a religion’s complex belief system and his search for fulfillment caught between his belief in love and his love of his faith.
was the winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 69th Berlinale and received the Götz George Young Talent Award for Acting at the First Steps Award 2018.
, the Best Advertising Film MyBorder’s JoyFence at the First Steps Award 2018, will precede the feature film.
In MyBorder’s JoyFence
, Michael Kranz
creates a disturbing scenario of the future; a cheerful world of isolation. The fictional advertisement features a new product, the joyFENCE. With this tool, anyone can shield themselves from the vexations of the real world while staying in a comfortable zone created by a “bubble filter system.” Fortunately, this is (still) purely fictional—but for how much longer?
This event is part of the Film Festival “…and the winners are…” - a joint project by the Goethe-Institut and the German Film Academy. In Seattle, the series takes place in the frame of the Year of German-American Friendship and is co-organized by the Goethe Pop Up Seattle with local partners NWFF and SIFF.