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Germany, 2010, 101 min., DVD, Director: Yasemin Samdereli, Cast: Demet Gül, Vedat Erincin, Lilay Huser, Denis Moschitto, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, and Aykut Kayacik
“Who or what am I really: German or Turkish?”
This is what six-year-old Cenk Yilmaz asks himself when neither his Turkish nor his German schoolmates choose him for their football team. To cheer him up a little, his 22-year-old cousin Canan tells him the story of her grandfather Hüseyin, who came to Germany in the early 1960s as a “guest worker” and later fetched his wife and children so they could be in “Almanya” with him. Much time has elapsed since then, and Germany has long since become the family’s home.
One evening, during a big family gathering, his grandfather Hüseyin surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants to take everyone back “home” with him. But what is home? Where is it really? Although all family members struggle with this question their own way, Hüseyin refuses to take no for an answer and so they have no choice but to set off for Turkey. It’s the beginning of a journey full of memories, arguments and reconciliations – until the family outing takes an unexpected turn...
Yasemin Samdereli was born in 1973 in Dortmund. She studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, and currently works as a screenwriter and director. Almanya, her feature film debut, received the 2011 German Film Award for best film and best screenplay.
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