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The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Movie Poster
Not Rated In Theaters 05/21/2008 , 122min.
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Plot & Details

The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, director Fatih Akin's deeply humanistic, multi-layered drama follows the stories of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- as they realize the meaning of love while facing the harsh realities of the world we live in. Nejat is a second-generation Turkish immigrant living in Germany. His father Ali is a retired widower. When lonely Ali invites pretty prostitute Yeter to move in with him, Nejat makes no attempt to mask his disapproval. Nejat's opinion of Yeter begins to soften a bit, however, when he learns that she regularly sends tuition money to her daughter Ayten in Turkey. Suddenly, Yeter is dead, the unfortunate victim of Ali's violent temper. In the wake of Yeter's death, Nejat is determined to do the right thing for Ayten, and prepares to travel to Turkey to find the girl. But Ayten is a political activist who has recently fled from Turkey to Germany, where she befriended a German student named Lotte. Lotte's conservative mother Susanne isn't comfortable with her daughter's decision to invite a fugitive to live with their family, and when Ayten is arrested by German police and deported back to Turkey, the rebellious daughter rejects her mother and sets out in search of her friend. Later, in Istanbul, Nejat and Lotte are brought together by fate and Susanne is prompted to reexamine her values while searching for her daughter and being confronted with life on the other side.

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Bangkok International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Bangkok International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Cannes Film Festival Ecumenical Jury Prize Won
2007 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Fatih Akin Won

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

London Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 London Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Hanna Schygulla Won

Newport Beach International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Newport Beach International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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