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17-year-old Yasemin, a self-assured girl, cooly dismisses the attentions paid to her by 20-year-old Jan. But the student has really fallen for the dark, young beauty. His imaginative and witty approach at long last has its effect and he thinks he can see the beginning of a smile in Yasemin’s eyes. Yasemin is conscious of this wonderfully disturbing feeling of first love growing in her. But the stronger the feeling gets, the more she recognizes what up to now has only been a side-issue, that she is a Turkish daughter. Fearing for the honor of his daughter, her cheerful much-loved father turns into an unrecognizable tyrant. Yasemin cannot expect any help from any side, for the rooted-in-Germany Jan takes a long time to understand the whirl of contradictory emotions Yasemin has been drawn into. She will have to show great strength to break out of a seemingly hopeless situation.

Hark Bohm was born in 1939 in Hamburg and studied Law in Berlin, Lausanne and Hamburg. Following his state exam, he worked as a legal assistant for lawyer and film director Norbert Kueckelmann. He acquired further experience working for Volker Schloendorff, Alexander Kluge and Rudolf Thomé. In 1970, he directed his first short film Wie starb Roland S? and two years later, his first feature Tschetan der Indianerjunge. Following this, he directed numerous award-winning theatrical and television films. Hark Bohm was a founding member of the Filmverlag der Autoren and the Hamburg Film Office. His other films include: The North Sea Is Muderous (Nordsee ist Mordsee, 1975), Moritz, Dear Moritz (Moritz, lieber Moritz, 1978), The Little State Prosecutor (Der kleine Staatsanwalt 1987), Yasemin (1988), Crossing Borders (Herzlich Willkommen, 1990), For Ever and Ever (Fuer immer und immer, 1997) and Vera Bruehne (TV, 2001).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1988
Director Hark Bohm
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Cast Ayse Romey, Uwe Bohm, Sener Sen
Production Company Hamburger Kino Kompanie/Hamburg, in cooperation with ZDF
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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