Film Info: KEBAB CONNECTION

KEBAB CONNECTION

KEBAB CONNECTION
KEBAB CONNECTION (photo © Georges Pauly)

KEBAB CONNECTION is a crazily comedic tale of two fast food stands (one Turkish, the other Greek), a frustrated filmmaker, the coolest commercial of all time, intercultural love, forbidden romance and centuries-old Aegean rivalry. And we mustn’t forget the local mafia, either!

The young Turkish hip-hopper Ibo wants to make the first German kung-fu film, so he practices by making an extremely successful commercial spot for his uncle’s kebab stand. Everything seems to be going his way until his girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant… His girlfriend leaves him and his parents kick him out of the house. His uncle promises to help him patch things up with his parents, if he’ll make another commercial for him. But this time, the second spot is a flop. Frustrated, he gives in to the temptations of the rival Greek restaurant-owner across the street (and his beautiful daughter!) and agrees to make a commercial spot for his uncle’s worst enemy. Once the mafia gets involved, Ibo can finally put his kung-fu talents to the test.


Anno Saul was born in 1963 in Bonn. He initially studied at the Jesuit College for Philosophy in Munich, followed by studies from 1985-1990 at the University of Television & Film, also in Munich. His films include: Unter Freunden (short, 1990), Und morgen faengt das Leben an (TV, 1995), Alte Liebe - Alte Suende (TV, 1996), Blind Date (TV, 1997), Zur Zeit zu zweit (TV, 1998), Green Desert (Gruene Wueste, 1999), Die Novizin (TV, 2002), Kebab Connection (2004), Where is Fred? (Wo ist Fred?, 2006), and The Door (Die Tuer, 2009).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Anno Saul
Screenplay Anno Saul, Jan Berger, Fatih Akin, Ruth Toma
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Tobias Haas
Marcel Barsotti
Ulrika Andersson
Cast Sibel Kekilli, Nora Tschirner, Gueven Kirac, Denis Moschitto, Adnan Maral, Hasan Ali Mete
Producers Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with Creado Film/Constance, Wüste Film West/Cologne, WDR, ARTE
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Festivals Hof 2004, Luenen 2004, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005, Goteborg 2005, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Moscow 2005, Tromso 2005, Turkish Festival Nuremberg 2005, Moon & Stars NY 2005, Brooklyn 2005, Jerusalem 2005, Diaspora Toronto 2005, Ljubljana 2005, Seville 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Plus Cameraimage 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM
German Distributor Timebandits Films/Potsdam

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