​I Was I Am I Will Be

Film still: I Was I Am I Will Be © Erik Mosoni
Feature, Drama, 2019, 120 min.
Original title: Es gilt das gesprochene Wort
Language: German with English subtitles
Director: Ilker Çatak
Screenplay: Nils Mohl, Ilker Çatak
Cinematography: Florian Mag
Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Oğulcan Arman Uslu, Godehard Giese, Jörg Schüttauf, Sebastian Urzendowsky
Producer: Ingo Fliess
Festivals: Santa Barbara 2020, Istanbul 2020, Munich 2020
Awards: Best Acting, Best Screenplay, Munich 2019; Best Leading Actress, Bavaria Film Prize 2020; Best Film (Bronze), German Film Awards 2020

After a Kurdish gigolo and an airline pilot meet at a Turkish resort, their lives change in unexpected ways. Given the opportunity to study and work in Germany, Baran moves from a troubled past to a complicated present, with the prospect of a promising future not far from his grasp. Meanwhile, his mentor, Marion, bravely confronts unanticipated challenges. In his second feature, director-co-writer Ilker Çatak, a former Student Oscar® winner, boldly challenges stereotypes and expectations to create a touching humanist drama. – Alissa Simon

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