ES GILT DAS GESPROCHENE WORT
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France, Germany (2018), 122 min. German, Turkish w/ English Subtitles
Director: Ilker Çatak, Screenplay: Nils Mohl, Ilker Çatak, Cinematography: Florain Mag, Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Oğulcan Arman Uslu, Godehard Giese, Jörg Schüttauf, Producer: Ingo Fliess, Executive Producers: Ingrid Holzapfel, Birsin Çolakoğlu, Luzie Lohmeyer, Co-Producers: Xavier Delmas (Loin Derrière l'Oural), Alexandra Staib (ZDF), Caroline von Senden (ZDF), Olaf Grunert (ZDF/arte), Barbara Häbe (arte)
Production Company: if… Productions
Ilker Çatak's sophomore feature is a nuanced examination of life's unpredictability, the progression from a troubled past to a complicated present, and the hopeful promise of the future. Opposite worlds collide when Marion (Anne Ratte-Polle), a self-confident airline pilot from Germany, meets Baran (Ogulcan Arman Uslu), a charming Turkish gigolo at a beach resort in Marmaris. With dreams of a better life beyond the Bosphorus, Baran convinces Marion to take him back to Germany. What begins as a selfless good deed and a simple arrangement develops into something more profound, as Marion's emotional barriers begin to crumble, and the two come closer than planned.
This screening includes a VIRTUAL DISCUSSION
"Çatak keeps the focus on a human level as the couple faces the kind of dilemmas that might have fueled a melodrama by Douglas Sirk or Fassbinder."
- Allan Hunter, Screen
Heimat Europa Filmfestpiele 2020:
Edgar, Best Modern Heimatfilm German Film Awards 2020:
Lola in Bronze, Best Film Bavaria Film Prize 2020:
Best Leading Actress (Anne Ratte-Polle) Fünf Seen Film Festival 2019:
DACHS, Screenplay German Film Festival Ludwigshafen 2019:
Special Mention Filmfest München 2019:
Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Best Acting; Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Screenplay.
was born in 1984 in Berlin and studied Film and TV Directing in Berlin and Mittweida. Since 2012, he has been a post-graduate student at the Hamburg Media School. He has directed several commercials and the short films WHEN NAMIBIA WAS A CITY (2010), OLD SCHOOL (ALTE SCHULE, 2013), WHERE WE ARE (WO WIR SIND, 2013), and FIDELITY (SADAKAT, 2014).