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Kanak Attack

Ertan Ongun is a 25-year-old Turk living in Kiel, in Germany. His parents own a snack stand, but his real family has been the local Turkish gangs. His life - like those of his friends - is characterized by the daily fight for respect and acceptance, growing up in a country he can never call home. Since the age of 15, he has led the life of a petty crook: theft, fights, drugs, police, in short, the hard-edged world of the red light district. In spite of it all, he maintains a sense of humour as he tries to make the best of things - a "tough guy", with his own brand of charm.

It is the red light district where Ertan is reunited with Yonca, who now works as a prostitute. Her "protector", Farouk, is dead and now, when Attila, a rival pimp, tries to get his claws into her, she turns to her old friend for help. For Ertan and his pals, Kemal and Mehdi, this is where things start to really heat up...

The brilliant music, inventive editing and the underlying poetry make all the difference for Lars Becker's episodic tale about friendship, love and loyalty.


Lars Becker was born in Hannover in 1954. He studied Film at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and graduated in 1986. Since then, he has worked as a writer and director. He published two crime novels, Kalte Sonne and Amigo, and directed his first feature film, Schattenboxer, in 1992. In 1994, he was awarded the Otto Sprenger Prize for his collected works. His films include: Kalte Sonne 1988, TV, Africa Around the Corner (Afrika um die Ecke, documentary, 1990), Chattenboxer (1992), Bunte Hunde (1995), Landgang fuer Ringo (1996), Das Gelbe vom Ei (1998), Kanak Attack (1999), and Rette Deine Haut (TV, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Lars Becker
Screenplay Lars Becker, Feridun Zaimoglu, Bernhard Wutka
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Oliver Gieth, Marco Pav D'Auria
Frank Wulff, Stefan Wulff
Cast Luk Piyes, David Scheller, Tyron Ricketts, Oezlem Çetin, Nadeshda Brennicke, Ercan Durmaz, Murat Karabey Yilmaz, Orhan Guener
Producers Christian Becker, Thomas Haeberle
Production Company Becker & Haeberle Filmproduktion/Krefeld, in co-production with ZDF, Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2000, Gothenburg 2001
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Concorde Filmverleih

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