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Scene from "Ayla" (photo © Barbara Bauriedl)

Ayla is young, beautiful and self-confident. She's also independent and intends to stay that way. But as a Turkish woman in Germany, she has always found herself at the razor-sharp intersection of liberal Western ways and conservative Muslim conventions. Though she's a beloved kindergarten teacher, her night job in a bar, along with her rejection of an arranged marriage, has poisoned her relationship with her father. When Ayla meets the dashing photographer Ayhan, romantic sparks begin to fly, and Ayla feels that he may just be the right man for her. What she doesn't suspect, however, is Ayhan's involvement in a murderous plan to restore his family's honor: his sister Hatice has left her unloved husband in Turkey and is trying to raise her little daughter alone in Germany. Pursued by thugs hired by her own family, Hatice finds refuge with Ayla. Ayhan swears to Ayla that he would never hurt his sister. But when the harassment escalates, Ayla finds within her an unimagined strength...
Genre Drama, Love Story / Romance
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Su Turhan
Screenplay Su Turhan, Beatrice Dossi
Cinematography Florian Schilling
Horst Reiter
Ali N. Askin
Renate Schmaderer
Cast Pegah Ferydoni, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Timur Isik, Tuerkiz Talay, Saskia Vester, Sesede Terziyan
Producers Sven Burgemeister, Andreas Bareiss, Gloria Burkert
Production Company BurkertBareiss Development/Munich, in co-production with SWR, BR, ARTE, Goldkind Film/Munich for TV60 Film/Munich
Runtime 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Festroia 2010, Rio de Janeiro 2010, Mumbai 2010
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, First Movie Program
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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