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Germany, Turkey


Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father All'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. Yeters 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 rebellious 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...

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Written by: Fatih Akin

Cinematography: Rainer Klausmann

Cast: Nurgül Yesilcay (Ayten Öztürk), Baki Davrak (Nejst Aksu), Patrycia Ziolkowska (Lotte Staub)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Screenwriter 2007
  • European Film 2007
  • European Director 2007
  • Feature Film Selection 2007