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112 minutes · 2008

Born in Hamburg to Turkish parents, director Fatih Akin brought a rarely seen perspective to Head On (2004), about a marriage of convenience between a beautiful Turk and a suicidal German. In The Edge of Heaven (2007), the characters navigate the same cultural divide, but here Akin is more preoccupied with the sense of responsibility that links parents to their children (or vice versa). The narrative is defined by two scenes of caskets at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul: the first arrives carrying a middle-aged Turkish woman who became a prostitute to put her daughter through school; the second departs with the remains of a young German woman who unwisely followed the daughter—her lesbian lover—back to Turkey. In English and subtitled German and Turkish.
Director: Fatih Akin
Writer: Fatih Akin
Producer: Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck and Andreas Thiel
Cast: Nurgül Yesilçay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Nursel Koese and Patrycia Ziolkowska

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