Wednesday, 30 August

(Gegen die Wand)
Germany 2003 / 120 min

Dir: Fatih Akin, script: Fatih Akin, DoP: Rainer Klausmann, music: Klaus Maeck, cast: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Güven Kiraç, prod: Wüste Filmproduktion, sales: Bavaria Film, print: Goethe Institut

Cahil Tomruk lives a day-to-day existence in Hamburg. After driving his car into a wall and almost killing himself, he ends up in a psychiatric hospital where his doctor tries to help him out of the vicious cycle he’s caught in. There, in one of the hospital corridors, Cahil meets a young Turkish woman named Sibel who tried to commit suicide. Her family subscribes to the most orthodox views of a woman’s place in society, but Sibel desperately longs for the freedom which Europeans take for granted. She sees a formal marriage with a man of Turkish origin as the only route to take, so she asks Cahil for help. But to extricate herself from her family constraints is not as easy as she had imagined, since no-one is able to uproot completely from the environment he grew up in. However, Sibel has a burning desire to find freedom and to overstep the confines of nationality and religion, and she also longs to find love.

In German and Turkish, with English and Estonian subtitles

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