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12 April 2006 (France) See more »
Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of the occidental city... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Xevat Gectan ... Ibo (as Xewat Geçtan)

Erdal Celik ... Azad
Bulent Buyukasik ... Zeki
Nurretin Celik ... Semo
Yusef Geçtan ... The messenger

Taies Farzan ... Zilan
Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Zeki's father
Özay Fecht ... Zeki's mother
Oral Uyan ... Ahmet
Xhiljona Ndoja ... Mirka
Tatyana Goncharova ... Olga (as Tatiana Goncharova)
Danuta Medrala ... Sonja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mathieu Akuyz
Coskum Ayfekin ... Ibo's father
Bokir Bozlak
Jean-Marc Calderoni
Celal Ceyran ... Client 3
Selhatini Dogan
Felemez Emrek
Ismail Erbir
Hussi Kutlucan ... Client 1
Steve Lamesch
Daniel Lieser ... Morgue employee
Mehmet Mustafa Geçtan ... Client 2
Ferdi Oncul
Willem Schmid
Catherine Tarantino ... Ibo's mother
Germain Wagner

Directed by
Yilmaz Arslan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yilmaz Arslan 

Produced by
Yilmaz Arslan .... producer
Eddy Géradon-Luyckx .... producer
Donato Rotunno .... producer
Felix Sorger .... line producer: Luxembourg
Eric Tavitian .... producer
Original Music by
Evgueni Galperine 
Cinematography by
Jean-François Hensgens 
Film Editing by
André Bendocchi-Alves 
Casting by
Jean-Luc Ristic 
Production Design by
Regine Constant 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Dechesne 
Makeup Department
Aurélie Elich .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Antoine Beau .... production manager
Thomas Gache .... second unit manager
Frédéric Joudiau .... production manager
Rene von Bodisco .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandre Brown .... second assistant director
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... first assistant director
Charlotte Marrel .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Dominique De Pompignan .... props
Luc Ridremont .... carpenter
Marc Ridremont .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Peter Aufderhaar .... sound editor
Laurent Benaïm .... sound
André Bendocchi-Alves .... dialog editor
André Bendocchi-Alves .... supervising sound designer
Claas Berger .... sound editor (as Claas-Benjamin Berger)
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Claudia Enzmann .... supervising sound editor
Christiane Foge .... sound editor
Emil Klotzsch .... sound editor
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Stefan Meetz .... sound editor
Christoph Merkele .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Theodossiadis .... sound mixer
Alexander Theodossiadis .... sound recordist
Benjamin Wolf .... sound editor
Micha Mann .... stunt coordinator (as Michael Mann)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fanny Chausson .... second assistant camera
Tanguy Delhez .... electrician
Olivier Dirksen .... gaffer
Amaury Duquenne .... second assistant camera
Colin Houben .... assistant camera
Vincent van Gelder .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Margit Wiltschko .... assistant editor
Other crew
Thomas Gache .... set manager
Alexa Gross .... personal assistant to director

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Also Known As:
"Brudermord" - Luxembourg (original title)
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Switzerland:90 min (Locarno Film Festival)
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
heartbreaking social document, 23 February 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

"Fratricide" is a grimly depressing but utterly compelling tale of a lad who leaves his home in Kurdistan to make a better life for himself in Germany. But the life of an immigrant is never an easy one, and Azad has to face not only prejudice and grinding poverty in his new home, but an older brother who makes his living as a pimp, as well as a couple of Turkish hoodlums who clearly have it out for him (the long-running ethnic rivalry between the Turks and the Kurds serves as an integral part of the story's background). Though street smart and savvy, Azad also has a tender side, as exemplified by his paternalistic devotion to a young orphan named Ibo whom he takes under his wing. Azad also operates within a strict code of moral rectitude, as demonstrated by the fact that he refuses to accept the "tainted" money his brother offers to send back home to their parents. A gruesome and unexpected killing a third of the way through the movie becomes the catalyst for the heartbreaking chain of events that ensues.

Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Arslan spares us none of the grim realities that people like Azad and Ibo face on a daily basis just trying to keep alive in a challenging and hostile world. Yet, Arslan balances his scenes of tremendous brutality with moments of heart-wrenching tenderness and warmth. The movie never feels forced or contrived as it paints a bitterly realistic portrait of life on the streets for these two young boys. Arslan is helped immeasurably by the superbly naturalistic and wholly believable performances he's been able to draw from his two lead actors, Erdal Celik and Xevat Gectan. In fact, there is nothing less than a superb performance throughout the entire film.

The movie hits on such important themes as nationalism, family loyalty, vengeance, and the truth that violence in the name of honor and ethnic pride only begets more violence, in an ever intensifying and self-perpetuating cycle. Azad is faced with any number of moral dilemmas throughout the course of the film, yet although he tries to break away from the darker side of his upbringing and past, he finds he can never fully free himself from those ethnic rituals of honor and revenge that define who he is.

"Fratricide" is not always an easy movie to watch, but it is an unforgettable experience for those who can take it straight.

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