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Scene from "Almanya" (photo © Roxy Film 2010)

“Who or what am I really: German or Turkish?” This is what six-year-old Cenk Yilmaz asks himself when neither his Turkish nor his German schoolmates choose him for their football team. To cheer him up a little, his 22-year-old cousin Canan tells him the story of her grandfather Hüseyin, who came to Germany in the early 1960s as a “guest worker” and later fetched his wife and children so they could be in “Almanya” with him. Much time has elapsed since then, and Germany has long since become the family’s home.

One evening, during a big family gathering, Hüseyin surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants to take everyone back “home” with him. But what is home? Where is it really? Although all family members struggle with this question their own way, Hüseyin refuses to take no for an answer and so they have no choice but to set off for Turkey. It’s the beginning of a journey full of memories, arguments and reconciliations – until the family outing takes an unexpected turn...

Yasemin Samdereli was born in 1973 in Dortmund. She studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich from 1993-2000, during which time she gained experience on various international film productions. Since 2001, she has been active as a screenwriter and director. Her films as a director include: the shorts Schlüssellöcher (1994), Lieber Gott (1996), Kismet (2001), and Sextasy (2002), as well as the TV movies Alles getürkt (2003), Zivis (2004), Ich Chefe, Du nix (2007) and her theatrical feature debut Almanya (2010).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Yasemin Samdereli
Screenplay Yasemin Samdereli, Nesrin Samdereli
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Andrea Mertens
Gerd Baumann
Alexander Manasse
Cast Demet Gül, Vedat Erincin, Lilay Huser, Denis Moschitto, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Aykut Kayacik, Siir Eloglu, Aylin Tezel, Fahri Yardim, Rafael Koussouris
Producers Andreas Richter, Annie Brunner, Ursula Woerner
Production Company Roxy Film/Munich, in co-production with Infafilm/Munich
Length 101 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2011 (Out of Competition), Seattle 2011, Edinburgh 2011, Shanghai 2011, Karlovy Vary 2011, Montreal 2011, Chicago 2011, Golden Horse Taipei 2011, Goa 2011, Palm Springs 2012, Hong Kong 2012, Giffoni 2012, Chicago 2012, Milwaukee 2013, Zlín 2015, Incontri Internazionali del Cinema Sorrento 2019
Awards German Film Award 2011 (Best Film Silver, Best Screenplay), White Elephant Children's Media Award 2011 (Best Child Actor Rafael Koussouris)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, BKM
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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