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Lola + Bilidikid

Lola + Bilidikid

Murat lives in Berlin. He is seventeen, Turkish and gay. He is attracted to the shimmering subculture of young male prostitutes and transvestite bars. But, in doing so, he comes up against the resistance of his brother and his family's terrible secret. He has to decide whether he will spend the rest of his life with a lie or the painful truth. Lola + Bilidikid tells the story of a youth who frees himself from his family ties and goes his own way. It is a hard, fast and moving film from the Berlin of today.


Kutlug Ataman was born in Istanbul and studied at film schools in Paris and Los Angeles where he graduated with the short La Fuga. He then directed his first full-length feature Serpent's Tale which won prizes at several international film festivals. Ataman then returned to Istanbul again and has become one of the leading lights in the Turkish gay liberation movement. His weekly column in the newspaper Gazete Pazar is an important outlet for the gay community. At the Biennale in Istanbul, Ataman presented a documentary on Semia Berksoy, the first Turkish opera singer who trained in Berlin in the 1930s. Ataman shot Lola + Bilidikid on location in Berlin in winter 1997.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Kutlug Ataman
Screenplay Kutlug Ataman
Cinematography Chris Squires
Ewa J. Lind
Apard Bondy
Cast Erdal Yildiz, Baki Davrak, Gandi Mukli
Producers Martin Hagemann, Martin Wiebel, Zeynep Oezbatur
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with WDR, Boje Buck Produktion/Berlin, C&O Production/Istanbul
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Turkish
Subtitled Versions French, English, German, Turkish
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
German Distributor Delphi Filmverleih/Berlin

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