2019 | feature | 100 min | 2k | in coproduction with ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel & Academy of Media Arts Cologne, funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Oray pronounces in a quarrel with his wife Burcu three times ‘talaq’, the islamic formula for repudiation. The imam of his hometown community informs him about the consequences: Oray has to split up with her for three months. He takes advantage of the forced break and moves to Cologne to establish a new life for Burcu and himself. But the Imam of his new community, Bilal, holds a more austere opinion towards the islamic law, which implies that he has to divorce his wife. Now Oray has to make a decision: Should he stay with his wife or with the new community?

german cinema release: 30.05.2019
turkish cinema release: 18.10.2019

Nominated for First Step Award 2018 – Best Feature Film
WINNER of First Step Award 2018 – Götz-George Newcomer Award Zejhun Demirov
WINNER of GWFF Best First Feature Award – Berlinale 2019
WINNER of Golden Olive Tree Prize “Cristina Soldano” for Best Feature – Festival del Cinema Europeo Lecce 2019
Nominated for Studio Hamburg Award 2019 – Best Feature Film
WINNER of Schnittpreis NRW for Best Editing – Denys Darahan 2019
SPECAL MENTION for Zejhun Demirov – Crossing Europe Linz 2019
SPECIAL MENTION – ConstruirCine, Argentine 2019

with Zejhun Demirov, Deniz Orta, Cem Göktaş, Faris Yüzbaşıoğlu, Kais Setti, Fırat Barış Ar u.a.
written & directed by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
DOP Christian Kochmann
Sound Armin Badde
Editor Denys Darahan
Production Design Jeannette Bastisch
Costumes Marisa Lattmann
Make-up Henrike Huppertsberg
Casting Kerstin Neuwirth
Comissioning Editor Christian Cloos
Producer Bastian Klügel & Claus Reichel

World Sales: Pluto Film
Distribution Germany: déjà-vu film
Distribution Turkey: Başka Cinema

First Steps Award // Berlinale, Germany // Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey // Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland, Germany // Lichter Filmfest, Germany // Festival del Cinema Europeo, Italy // Ankara FF, Turkey // Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Austria //
Construir Cine Film Festival, Argentina // Neiße FF, Germany // Seattle IFF, USA // Provincetown IFF, USA // Motovun Film Festival, Croatia // German Film Week, USA // Raindance IFF, UK // German Film Week, Lebanon // Almaty IFF, Kazakhstan // Festival de Cinéma Allemand  Paris, France // Ravac IFF, Moldovia // Ulaanbaatar IFF, Mongolia // Filmplus Festival 2019, Germany // Berlinale Special Festival, Croatia // Valladolid IFF, Spain // Al Este Lima, Argentina // Geneva IFF, Switzerland // Universine Allemand, France // Augenblick FF, France // Cork IFF, Ireland // CINEDAYS Festival of European Film, Macedonia // German Film Festival, Singapore // Rabat IFF, Morocco // Goa IFF, India // Ayvalik Film Festival, Turkey

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