Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Films in Daejeon:The Edge of Heaven [Germany / Turkey]

Retired widower Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz)sees a solution to his loneliness when hemeets prostitute Yeter (Nursel Köse), andhe proposes that his fellow Turkish nativelive with him in exchange for a low rent.At first Ali’s German Professor son Nejat(Baki Davrak) seems disapproving abouthis father’s choice, but the young profes-sor quickly grows fond of kind Yeter, es-pecially upon discovering most of herhard-earned money is sent home toTurkey for her daughter’s universitystudies.
The accidental death of Yeter further distances father and son, both emotionally and physically.Nejat then decides to travel to Istanbul to begin an organized search for Yeter’s daughter Ayten(Nurgül Yes¸Ilçay). He decides to stay in Turkey and trades places with the owner of a Germanbookstore who goes home to Germany. What Nejat doesn’t know is that 20-something politicalactivist Ayten is already in Germany, having fled the Turkish police.Alone and penniless, Ayten is befriended by German student Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who isimmediately seduced by the young Turkish woman’s charms and political situation. Lotte invitesrebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mo-ther Susanne. However Ayten ends up arrested and confined for months while awaiting politicalasylum. When her plea is denied, Ayten is deported and imprisoned in Turkey.Passionate Lotte decides to abandon everything to help Ayten and as the story develops shemeets Nejat.

Director: Fatih Akın
Country: Germany / Turkey
Year: 2007
Runtime: 122 mins
Cinema: Daejeon Art Cinema [23rd to 31st of August]
The Edge of Heaven

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