With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.
In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town.... See full summary »
Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant ... See full summary »
Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten.Written by
Most of the police officers in the film are real. See more »
In the movie, police officials are shown in the Pasakapisi Prison. Indeed, in Turkey the prisons are guarded and controlled not by the police but by the "prison guards" and the gendarme. See more »
After telling the story of Abraham that was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismael, to show God his obedience. Before Abraham could slay his son God sent a lamb to sacrifice instead.
I asked my dad if he would have sacrificed me as well.
And what did he say?
That he would even make an enemy of God to protect me.
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Before the credits start to roll, there's a dedication to producer and actor Andreas Thiel, who died in Istanbul shortly before filming was finished. See more »
Interesting to compare this with Alan Parker's Midnight Express
Two gifted film-makers working 30 years apart, giving two contrasting impressions of Turkey.
In 'Edge of Heaven', Turkey is modernised, and the typical European thinks that "everything will be alright when Turkey joins the European Union". Yes, there are hungry and criminal Kurdish children, and access to free literacy and tertiary education is restricted, which is why the rebellious Communist woman gets into trouble. But the general impression is that Turkey is a functioning democracy that comes down hard on armed insurrectionists --- and who wouldn't?
In 'Midnight Express' (the title refers to escape as the only way out of prison), Turkey is a dysfunctional "land of pigs" where the justice system is totally corrupt and the prisons are medieval hell-holes into which people are thrown never to emerge, and where uniformed psychopaths have free rein to torture, rape and exploit.
Is it not ironic that Midnight Express, which caused a sensation when released in 1978, was an Anglo-US attack on sordid justice, and 30 years later it is the Anglo-US axis which brought us Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, rendition and waterboarding?
It would be interesting to know what kind of film Alan Parker would make about Turkish prisons today. The Kurdish minority is treated badly in Turkey and there are probably horrid stories of injustice to be told, but would anyone in the USA be interested in a mistreated Kurd, as opposed to a sandy-haired white boy from Long Island? To be fair, Edge of Heaven is as much about Germany as Turkey, and its presentation of Turks is three-dimensional. But to view this film alongside Midnight Express reminds us how much of film is hidden propaganda.
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