The Edge of Heaven (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

Original title:  Auf Der Anderen Seite

Germany/Turkey/Italy, 2007.  Anka Film, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Dorje Film, Filmförderung Hamburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturelle Filmförderung Schleswig-Holstein, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Nordmedia Fonds.  Screenplay by Fatih Akin.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Fatih Akin, , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Two deaths in different countries change the course of living for three people in this absorbing drama by Fatih Akin, the magnificent director of Head-On. A professor of German studies in Bremen returns to his family’s native Istanbul to look for the daughter of a dead prostitute with whom he has a connection. The daughter is actually in Germany looking for her mother, and becomes acquainted with an idealistic university student whose life she ends up affecting in a permanent way. To describe the plot in detail would be to give away too much, but suffice it to say that, like Babel, it is a movie about connection, tolerance, sympathy and love and never pushes any of its themes too hard or becomes trite or corny. The marvelous  has a key role in a film that is captivating from beginning to end.

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Screenplay

European Film Award:  Best European Screenwriter
Nominations: Best European Film; Best European Director (Fatih Akin)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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