The Edge of Heaven
(Auf der anderen Seite)
by Fatih Akin
Screenplay: Fatih Akin
Cinematographer: Rainer Klausmann
Editing: Andrew Bird
Art Director: Tamo Kunz, Sirma Bradley
Casting: Baki Davrak, Nursel Köse, Hanna Schygulla, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nurgül Yesilçay, Patrycia Ziolkowska
Production: Korazon International, Anka Film
35 mm, Color, 116 min, OV German, English and Turkish with French subtitles
Despite the reticence expressed by his son Nejat, widower Ali decides to live with Yeter, a prostitute originally from Turkey, just like him. But young German teacher Nejat becomes fond of Yeter when he realizes she sends her almost entire money to her daughter in Turkey for her university studies. Yeter’s accidental death definitely drives father and son apart. Nejat goes to Istanbul hoping to find Yeter’s daughter Ayten. But Nejat does not know Ayten is a twenty-year-old activist who left for Germany to escape the Turkish police. In Hamburg Ayten meets Lotte, a German student, and the two young women become friend. Lotte is soon seduced by Ayten’s charm and political commitment.
“I am both of Turkish and German extraction. I was born in Germany but I was torn between the two cultures. I grew up in Europe but my parents also inculcated me with the Turkish culture. It played a great part in my life. When I was a child I used to go to Turkey with my family every summer. As I am personally torn between two cultures, it is expected that my films also are.” Fatih Akin.