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HABIB RHAPSODY (WILLKOMMEN BEI HABIB)

HABIB RHAPSODY
photo © Laura Schleicher/INDI FILM

Habib has always tried to find a home in Germany. When, after decades, he unexpectedly runs into his first love from his Turkish village, he is completely thrown.
His son Neco hates his father for his German conformity, and dreams of a Turkey which he doesn’t really know. Torn between wife, young son and mistress, Neco’s involvement with petty mob scams inflicts on him a resounding defeat. Bruno is a successful businessman, until he is kicked out of his own company for alleged embezzlement. Directly in front of Habib’s Takeaway, he starts a sit-in strike in order to vindicate the wrong done to him. An old man roams around the Takeaway on the trash-covered square. This is Ingo, searching for the right connection. He wants to speak to his daughter one last time, to beg for her forgiveness.

A film about missed chances and a quality of homesickness which is greater than any country.


Michael Baumann was born in 1970 in Munich. He studied Educational Science in Munich and Film & Television Direction at the University of Film & Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Active as a writer and director, his award-winning films include: HINGERICHTET (short, 1997), KLEINE FREIHEIT (short, 1998), WEG! (2002), WOYZECK (2009), WASCHEN UND LEBEN (doc, 2010), and HABIB RHAPSODY (2013).
Genre Comedy, Drama, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Michael Baumann
Screenplay Michael Baumann, Sabine Westermaier
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Cast Vedat Erincin, Thorsten Merten, Burak Yigit, Klaus Manchen, Teresa Harder, Luise Heyer, Godehard Giese, Maryam Zaree, Aykut Kayacik, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Ilyes Moutaoukkil
Producer Arek Gielnik
Production Company INDI FILM/Stuttgart, in co-production with SWR
Length 115 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Turkish
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2013, Biberach 2013, Max Opühls Festival Saarbrücken 2014, Neisse 2014, Shanghai 2014
Awards Thomas Strittmatter Prize 2013, Special Mention Hof 2013
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, MEDIA, Hessische Filmförderung
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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