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Scene from "Karamuk" (photo © WDR)

Johanna, a chubby 17-year-old teenager, dreams of studying fashion design in Paris. For years, Johanna has been making her own, very off-beat clothes and now she doesn´t want to finish school anymore. While looking for a sponsor for her design career, she finds out who her real father is - a Turk who has been living for years with his family in Cologne, where he runs an elegant Turkish restaurant. Instead of facing her new situation and her feelings Johanna pursues her original plan to locate the money for her studying. Without telling her father the truth she starts working as a kitchen helper at his restaurant and unfortunately runs into a catastrophe...

Suelbiye V. Guenar was born in 1973 in Stuttgart. After her schooling, she studied Piano at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart, followed by studies in Production, Direction and Screenwriting at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1995-2000. She has worked as an assistant director for various German production companies, in addition to scriptwriting and freelance casting work. Her features include Karamuk (2002) and Saniye's Pleasure (2003).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Suelbiye V. Guenar
Screenplay Suelbiye V. Guenar, Grit Neuber
Cinematography Peter Przybylski
Dora Vajda
Neil Black
Frank Polosek
Cast Buket Yeni, Helga Goering, Adnan Maral, Anne Kasprik, Julia Mahnecke, Burak Guelgen, Klaus J. Behrendt
Producers Anke Scheib-Krause, Sonja Goslicki
Production Company Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with WDR
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hof 2002, Gothenburg 2003, Moscow 2003, Festival Internazionale Cnema delle Donne Torino 2003, Créteil 2003
Awards Silver Plate and Special Prize Torino 2003, Special Mention Créteil 2003
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne

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