The Edge of Heaven -- The lives of German-Turkish immigrants are interwoven in this critically acclaimed film about love, loss, and redemption.
In a Turkish enclave in Bremen, patriarchal widower Ali brings home Yeter, a local prostitute, to tend to his domestic needs. Yeter is saving money to finance her daughter Ayten s college education in Turkey. When Yeter is accidentally killed, Ali s son Nejat heads to Turkey to find Ayten, who unbeknownst to him, has embarked on her own rebellious journey to Germany. Multi-layered and poignant, THE EDGE OF HEAVEN delves into German-Turkish relations and age-old generational divide. Winner of the Best Screenplay in the Cannes Film Festival 2007. Directed by Fatih Akin (Head-On, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul).
Retired widower Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz) sees a solution to his loneliness when he meets prostitute Yeter (Nursel K se), and he proposes that his fellow Turkish native live with him in exchange for a low rent. At first Ali s German Professor son Nejat (Baki Davrak) seems disapproving about his father s choice, but the young professor quickly grows fond of kind Yeter, especially upon discovering most of her hard-earned money is sent home to Turkey for her daughter s university studies.
The accidental death of Yeter further distances father and son, both emotionally and physically.
Nejat then decides to travel to Istanbul to begin an organized search for Yeter s daughter Ayten (Nurg l Yes Il ay). He decides to stay in Turkey and trades places with the owner of a German bookstore who goes home to Germany. What Nejat doesn t know is that 20-something political activist Ayten is already in Germany, having fled the Turkish police.
Alone and penniless, Ayten is befriended by German student Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who is immediately seduced by the young Turkish woman s charms and political situation. Lotte invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. However Ayten ends up arrested and confined for months while awaiting political asylum. When her plea is denied, Ayten is deported and imprisoned in Turkey.
Passionate Lotte decides to abandon everything to help Ayten and as the story develops she meets Nejat.
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The lives of German-Turkish immigrants are interwoven in this critically acclaimed film about love, loss, and redemption.
When his father accidentally kills a prostitute, Nejat scours Turkey to find her 27-year-old daughter and make amends. But she has fled to Germany.
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