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APRIL CHILDREN, THE (APRILKINDER)

APRIL CHILDREN, THE

Cem, Mehmet and Dilan are brothers and sisters. Their father brought them and their mother to Germany from Turkish Kurdistan fifteen years ago. Cem, the eldest, works in a sausage factory and has long been the right age to marry, according to his parents. He has been promised since childhood to a cousin who still lives in Kurdistan; however, until now, he had suppressed the thought of a final commitment. Then he falls in love with the German prostitute Kim in a Turkish night club...Cem's younger brother, Mehmet, sees his chance with his friend Arif to land "the big coup" in dealing with drugs. When Arif falls in love with Mehmet's little sister Dilan, Mehmet takes his new job even more seriously...At the same time, their parents' native village in Kurdistan is destroyed: a reason for them to begin preparations for Cem's wedding and to bring the cousin to Germany. Cem, who loves Kim, is faced by a conflict....


Yueksel Yavuz was born in Karakocan/Turkey in 1964 and moved to Germany in 1980 where he studied Economics and Sociology in Hamburg from 1986-1989. He has been involved in the film industry since 1990 and studied Visual Communication at Hamburg's Academy of Fine Arts from 1992-1996. His films include: Die Hoch-Zeit (video short, 1992), Coromandel (video short, 1993), Freedom Pension (video short, 1993), 100 und eine Mark (short, 1994), Mein Vater, der Gastarbeiter (documentary, 1995), his first feature film The April Children (Aprilkinder, 1998) and A Little Bit of Freedom (Kleine Freiheit, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Yueksel Yavuz
Screenplay Henner Winckler, Britta Ohm, Yueksel Yavuz
Cinematography Ciro Cappellari
Apard Bondy
Cast Senem Tepe, Buelent Esruenguen, Inga Busch, Erdal Yildiz
Producer Thomas Kufus
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with ZDF
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German, Turkish, Kurdish
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Hamburg 1998, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 1999 (In competition), Berlin 1999
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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