Author Archives: agayles

Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fears Eats the Soul)

With actors Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin Available on VHS with English subtitles in USA Rainer Werner Fassbinder, already the director of almost twenty films by the age of twenty-nine, paid homage to his cinematic hero, … Continue reading

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Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities)

With actors Rüdiger Vogler and Yella Rottländer German journalist Philip Winter has a case of writer’s block when trying to write an article about the United States. He decides to return to Germany, and while trying to book a flight, … Continue reading

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40 Quadratmeter Deutschland (Forty Square Meters of Germany)

With actors Özay Fecht, Yaman Okay, Demir Gökgöl The tale of a young Turkish woman who, after an arranged marriage, follows her much older husband to Hamburg, where he had been working for some time. Instead of allowing his wife … Continue reading

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Abschied vom falschen Paradies (Farewell to False Paradise)

Elif, a Turkish immigrant in Germany has been sent to prison for murdering her abusive husband. At the time of her imprisonment she has never ventured outside the Turkish community and even there has no friends. Ironical in prison, among … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Türke! (Happy Birthday, Turk!)

With actors Meret Becker, Hansa Czypionka, Özay Fecht available on DVD in Germany This Teutonic film noir received its first U.S. showing at the Seattle Film Festival. Hansa Czypionka plays Kemal Kayankaya, a Turk who speaks no Turkish. Raised in … Continue reading

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Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (Germany Year 90 Nine Zero)

With actors Eddie Constantine and Hanns Zischler Germany Year Nine Zero follows an old spy’s journey back to France from the east. Since the Cold War has ended the spy is unclear about who his enemies are, and he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Alles wird gut (Everything’s Gonna Be Great)

With actors Kati Stüdemann and Chantal De Freitas Nabou, an Afro-German slacker, desperatly wants to win back her club kid ex-girlfriend Katja. Nabou becomes a housekeeper for Katja’s neighbor, Kim, who is a workaholic that is striving to become a … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection

With actors Denis Moschitto, Nora Tschirner, Hasan Ali Mete, Cem Akin, Nursel Köse, Güven Kiraç Available on DVD in Germany and the US Links: IMDB, German-Films.de Genre(s): Comedy; Theme(s): Ethnicity; Spatial or Temporal Spaces and Borders Review by Sara Sellami: Kebab … Continue reading

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Anam – Meine Mutter (My Mother)

color, Germany, Buket Alakuş, 86 Min, 2001   With actors Nursel Köse and Saskia Vester. Anam is a 40-year-old traditional Turkish wife and mother who lives with her family in Germany, where she works as a cleaning lady. When Anam … Continue reading

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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)

With actors Klaus Kinski A band of ruthless conquistadors venture up a river in sixteenth century South America in search of fortune only to find that the journey rapidly becomes more perilous. Morale and feelings of loyalty to Spain deteriorate … Continue reading

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Gegen die Wand (Head-On)

With actors Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Guven Kirac; available on DVD in the US and Germany Rezension von Julia Schroeder: Der Film “Gegen die Wand” von Fatih Akins ist eine dramatische und brutale Tragikomödie und gleichzeitig eine zärtliche Liebesgeschichte … Continue reading

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Angst isst Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul)

With actors Brigitte Mira and Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss available with English subtitles on the Criterion Collection DVD of Ali: Fear Eats Soul Links: IMDB, Film Portal

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Alltag

With actors Florian Panzner and Neelesha Bavora Deutschland 2002, TV-Spielfilm Links: IMDB, Film Portal

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Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker)

With actors Henry Hübchen and Hannelore Elsner; available on DVD in Germany and U.S. Review by Jennifer Lau: Nothing brings an estranged family together like the death of a loved one and the subsequent promise of an inheritance. In Dani Levy’s 2004 … Continue reading

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Brudermord (Fratricide)

With actors Xevat Gectan, Erdal Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Nurettin Celik, Yusuf Gectan, Taies Farzan, Oral Uyan, Xhiljona Ndoja; Available on DVD in Germany Summary: Semo, a Kurdish immigrant and pimp living in Germany, offers to pay for his younger brother Azad … Continue reading

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Geboren in Absurdistan (Born in Absurdistan)

With actors Julia Stemberger; Karl Markovics, Meltem Cumbul, Ahmet Ugurlu, Josef Hader; available on DVD Summary: In the hospital the new-born babies of an Austrian couple and a Turkish family of immigrant workers are mixed up and go home with … Continue reading

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Am Rand der Städte (On the Outskirts)

Zwischen den größeren türkischen Küstenstädten, am Rande der Durchfahrtsstraßen im Süden, sind in den letzten Jahren Siedlungen entstanden, deren Struktur und Aussehen für die Türkei völlig neu sind. Große Wohnblöcke sind kreisförmig um eine Art Park herumgebaut, in dem sich … Continue reading

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Abschied von Gestern (Yesterday Girl)

With actors Hans Brammer and Ursula Dirichs Anita G. is a young East German woman who comes to West Germany in hopes of a better life. With no real home and no job, she gets into trouble with the law … Continue reading

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