Almanya, Welcome to Germany

Almanya, Welcome to Germany  {Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland}
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Almanya, Welcome to Germany
Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
Germany, 2011, 97 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Coming of Age, History, Woman Director
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: German, Turkish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Chicago: Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature

A charming, colorfully styled comedy, Almanya centers on multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan and derives its touching, laugh-out-loud humor from cultural misunderstandings and the question of what constitutes national identity. Scripted by first-time director Yasemin Samdereli and her sister Nesrin, the narrative is neatly structured into two interwoven time frames. The first, set in the present, introduces the Yilmazes in their German home, as patriarch Huseyin insists that his family accompany him for a holiday in Turkey. The second strand follows the young Huseyin in distant Anatolia, his arrival in 1964 Germany as the 1,000,001st Gastarbeiter and his family's gradual acclimatization – if not necessarily assimilation. On a more serious note, one of the film’s exceptional aspects is the way it encompasses the history of guest workers in Germany, particularly via the incorporation of well-chosen B&W archive footage under the beginning and end credits. Winner: Audience Award, Chicago Film Festival; Best Film, Best Screenplay, German Film Awards

Director Yasemin Samderell is expected to attend screening.

DIRECTOR: Yasemin Samdereli
Producer: Andreas, Richter, Ursula Woerner, Annie Brunner
Editor: Andrea Mertens
Screenwriter: Yasemin Samdereli, Nesrin Samdereli
Cinematographer: The Chau Ngo
Music: Gerd Baumann
Principal Cast: Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardim, Lilay Huser, Demet Gul, Aylin Tezel, Denis Moschitto
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Beta Cinema -

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