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EDGE OF HEAVEN, THE
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (photo © corazón international)

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey, where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten...


Fatih Akin is an internationally successful filmmaker. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and at that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. He has been directing his films exclusively for his production company bombero international since 2012. THE CUT was the company’s first production and premiered in 2014 in Venice. In 2017 his film IN THE FADE with Diane Kruger and Denis Moschitto in the leading roles premiered in Cannes in Competition, where Diane Kruger won the award for Best Actress. The film also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), IN THE FADE (2017), and THE GOLDEN GLOVE (2019).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Andrew Bird
Stefan \"Shantel\" Hantel
Tamo Kunz, Sirma Bradley
Cast Nurcel Koese, Tuncel Kurtiz, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Hanna Schygulla, Baki Davrak, Nurguel Yesilcay
Producers Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck
Production Company corazón international, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, Anka Film/Istanbul, Dorje Film/Rome
Length 122 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Turkish/English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cannes 2007 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2007, Toronto 2007, Vancouver 2007, Ghent 2007, Sevilla 2007, Antalya 2007, London 2007, Thessaloniki 2007, Havana 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007, Palm Springs 2008, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Philadephia 2008, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2008, Huesca 2008, Seattle 2008, Kolkata 2008, Gijon 2009, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Lecce 2015, Transilvania IFF 2019
Awards Best Screenplay Cannes 2007, Lux Award 2007 of the European Parliament, Jury Award, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor (Tuncel Kurtiz), Best Supporting Actress (Nursel Koese), Award of Honor (Hannah Schygulla) Antalya 2007, Canvas Audience Award Ghent 2007, European Film Award: Best Screenplay 2007, Premio de la Critica Seville 2007, Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Best Director), German Film Award 2008 (Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screeplay, Best Editing)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Nordmedia, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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