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Dealer

Dealer

Can and his girlfriend, Jale, live with their young daughter, Meral, in a tough Turkish neighbourhood of Berlin and barely manage to scrape enough money together for their existence. Can is a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan, who has to keep his customers supplied within his narrowly staked out territory. Jale, who works in the ware-house of a department store, has been pressing Can to give up this activity. Can, also fed up with his situation, sees a bright new beginning for himself and his family when Hakan offers him the prospective chance to run a bar on his very own. But Can has little control over the pressures that gradually begin to build up around him and soon finds himself floundering in quicksand...


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 1998
Director Thomas Arslan
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Bettina Blickwede
Cast Idil Uener, Birol Uenel, Tamer Yigit, Hussi Kutlucan
Producer Kaete Ehrmann
Production Company Trans-Film, Berlin
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1999 (Forum), CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010
Awards FIPRESCI Prize of Filmcritics, Prize of Ecumenical Jury
German Distributor Peripher Filmverleih/Berlin

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