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Brothers and Sisters (Geschwister)

Brothers and Sisters

Erol, Ahmed and Leyla live at home with their Turkish father and German mother. While Ahmed and Leyla have become German citizens, Erol chose Turkish citizenship. Twenty years old and the eldest of the three, Erol dropped out of school years ago and now spends his days aimlessly. Unable to get his life together, he has fallen into debt and gets by with some small-time wheeling and dealing. Ahmed, 19, is about to graduate from high school. Unlike Erol, he tries to distance himself from his Turkish background. This causes conflict with Erol for whom Ahmed has deep affection despite their differences. Leyla is 17. She is the youngest of the siblings and keeps her distance from her brothers. She has just begun an apprentice-ship and tries to escape the confinement of her family. The film begins on the morning Erol receives his draft notice from the Turkish army and ends a few weeks later when he sets off for Turkey.


Thomas Arslan was born in 1962 in Braunschweig and spent four years during his schooling in Ankara/Turkey. He studied Germanics and History in Munich and Film at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. He has been working as a writer and filmmaker since 1992. His films include MACH DIE MUSIK LEISER (1994), the trilogy, GESCHWISTER (1996), DEALER (1998) and A FINE DAY (DER SCHÖNE TAG, 2000), IM SCHATTEN (2009), GOLD (2013), and BRIGHT NIGHTS (HELLE NÄCHTE, 2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Thomas Arslan
Screenplay Thomas Arslan
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Thomas Arslan
Juks, DJ Hype
Cast Tamer Yigit, Serpil Turhan, Savas Yurderi, Hildegard Lena Kuhlenberg
Producer Albert Kitzler
Production Company Trans-Film, Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Length 82 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 1997
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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