Film Info: Im Juli

In July (Im Juli)

In July
Scene from "In July" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

His students thumb their noses at him, the barkeepers ignore him in all of the hip joints he frequents and even his permanently spaced out neighbor has a better social life: how square can you get? Daniel, a young physics teacher wouldn't see happiness if it hit him in the face! But his drab existence as a teacher is about to change... he falls head over heals in love with a beautiful girl called Melek, and spontaneously decides to follow her to Istanbul. Daniel sets out for the long trip from Hamburg to Istanbul together with his crazy friend July, who sells jewelry and has always secretly worshipped Daniel. On this wild odyssey through south-eastern Europe he will discover a new self. He is beaten up, seduced, robbed, for the first time on drugs and busted by Turkish border guards, yet Daniel learns to fight for his happiness. And after this long journey he realizes that the laws of physics don't always apply in the real world ...


Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and became, at the age of 30, one of the most influential European directors. At that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. Fatih Akin has been directing his films exclusively for bombero international since 2012. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), and IN THE FADE (2017).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Pierre Aim
Andrew Bird
Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Cast Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus
Producers Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films), Cairo 2003, Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Gijon 2009, Lecce 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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