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Freezing Nights (Kalte Naechte)

Freezing Nights

Tomix, Tam-Tam and Muetzen-Jacky are children of the street earning their living with music. They travel from one town to the next with their instruments to perform in the streets and in restaurants. Making music is the only thing they have ever learnt. They are led by old Mahmud, an alcoholic. He is the one who concludes the business and takes in the money. The children see hardly any of the takings. Mahmud had taken all the children from the street and promised to make them famous. They don't have any parents, at least, they barely have any recollection of them. Their home was and is the street. And their music, a kind of gypsy music, is about the street. Mahmud really shows little concern for the children. he's only interested in the money. When blind Aziz joins them, the situation comes to a head. He sees what kind of nasty business Mahmud's up to with the children. Aziz begins to do what he can for his friends and thus becomes a threat for Mahmud ...


Kadir Sözen was born in Turkey in 1964 and emigrated to Germany in 1969. He studied Economics from 1986-1990 and worked at the same time as a freelance journalist and scriptwriter for several TV stations. He was awarded the IG Metall's Feature Prize in 1988 for his feature Zwischen Bottrop and Bosporus - Heimweh auf tuerkisch and WDR produced his first screenplay, Yearning (Sehnsucht), in 1990. His directorial debut, Freezing Nights (Kalte Naechte, 1994), won five awards at the Adana Film Festival and two at the Ankara Film Festival for Best Director and Best Script, and the FIPRESCI Special Prize at Istanbul. His other films include: Winterflower (Winterblume, 1996) and Gott ist tot (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Director Kadir Sözen
Screenplay Kadir Sözen
Cinematography Ertunc Senkay
Mevlut Kocak
Mazlum Cimen
Cast Rahim Cakmak, Levent Elmas, Volkan Pinardag, Ferdi Cetinkaya, Menderes Samancilar
Production Company Hasret International Filmpress Production, Cologne
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Turkish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Hof 1995
With backing from BMI, Kuratorium junger deutscher film

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