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In July (Im Juli)

In July
Scene from "In July" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

His students thumb their noses at him, the barkeepers ignore him in all of the hip joints he frequents and even his permanently spaced out neighbor has a better social life: how square can you get? Daniel, a young physics teacher wouldn't see happiness if it hit him in the face! But his drab existence as a teacher is about to change... he falls head over heals in love with a beautiful girl called Melek, and spontaneously decides to follow her to Istanbul. Daniel sets out for the long trip from Hamburg to Istanbul together with his crazy friend July, who sells jewelry and has always secretly worshipped Daniel. On this wild odyssey through south-eastern Europe he will discover a new self. He is beaten up, seduced, robbed, for the first time on drugs and busted by Turkish border guards, yet Daniel learns to fight for his happiness. And after this long journey he realizes that the laws of physics don't always apply in the real world ...
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Pierre Aim
Andrew Bird
Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Cast Moritz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Mehmet Kurtulus
Producers Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films), Cairo 2003, Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Gijon 2009, Lecce 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

World Sales
Bavaria Media International
http://www.bavaria-media.com

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