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The Edge of Heaven

Germany/Turkey/Italy 2007, 116 min, drama.
German/Turkish/English with English subtitles.
Director: Faith Akin

Photo in a still from 'Edge of Heaven'

"Akin's drama is one of those intricate multi-stranders that have become the rage in recent years....[he] sets his entanglements against concrete politics: globalisation, migration, the decline of the Left, the specific cultural and economic traffic between Germany and Turkey.” — Jonathan Romney, The Independent

After Ali accidentally kills a prostitute, his son leaves Germany to search for her adult daughter in Istanbul. Meanwhile, the daughter hides out in Germany to escape the Turkish police. There, she falls in love with Lotte, who desperately tries to rescue her when she is deported back to Turkey.

Winner of more than 30 film awards, including Best Screenplay at Cannes, this is a complex and compelling tale about fractured families, dislo­cated cultures, and the hope that comes from sacrifice.

"... Lotte's mother, Susanne, who is played by the magnificent Hanna Schygulla, the legendary German actress best known for her Fassbinder films.... she was a young vixen once, then a sultry romantic lead and now she is a plumpish woman of 65.... And here she is so tactful, so warm, so quietly spoken, so glowing, that she all but possesses the film, and we love her for her years and her art." Roger Ebert

Still from 'The Edge of Heaven''



Review: The Edge of Heaven. Review in The Guardianby Peter Bradshaw, Feb 22, 2008.

The Edge of Heaven. Roger Ebert, June 12, 2008.


Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2007 and European Film Awards 2007.
2007 LUX prize for European cinema.
2007 Critics Award: European Cinema Festival.
Best Supporting Actress award, to Hanna Schygulla from the National Society of Film Critics.



'The Edge of Heaven' poster


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