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The Edge of Heaven (2007) More at IMDbPro »Auf der anderen Seite (original title)

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The Edge of Heaven -- The lives of German-Turkish immigrants are interwoven in this critically acclaimed film about love, loss, and redemption.
The Edge of Heaven -- A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.


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Release Date:
27 September 2007 (Germany) See more »
A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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32 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"this my friend, this is cinema!" See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order)
Baki Davrak ... Nejat Aksu
Gürsoy Gemec ... Sohn des Tankstelleninhabers
Cengiz Daner ... Tankstelleninhaber
Tuncel Kurtiz ... Ali Aksu
Nursel Köse ... Yeter Öztürk

Nurgül Yesilçay ... Ayten Öztürk
Idil Üner ... Ärztin

Erkan Can ... Cousin Ufuk
Turgay Tanülkü ... Cem
Elcim Eroglu ... Elcim
Nurten Güner ... Nurten
Asuman Altinay ... Türkan
Gökhan Kirac ... Junger Polizeibeamter

Nejat Isler ... Kommissar
Lars Rudolph ... Herr Obermüller
Ali Akdeniz ... Zivilpolizist 1. Mai
Nadire Irtel ... Frau im Treppenhaus
Sevilay Demirci ... Nurhan
Öznur Kula ... Gefangene
Gokce Isil Tuna ... Gefangene
Michael Wolf ... Grenzbeamter
Sileyman Kaplan ... Arif (as Süleyman 'Sly' Kaplan)
Patrycia Ziolkowska ... Lotte Staub

Hanna Schygulla ... Susanne Staub
Stefanie Piehl ... Polizistin Verkehrskontrolle
Andreas Westphal ... Polizist Verkehrskontrolle
Jörg Jänicke ... ASB
Annette Uhlen ... Richterin
Andreas Thiel ... Konsulatsmitarbeiter
Cigdem Göymen ... Selen
Önder Çakar ... Riza Bey
Salih Kaar ... Türkische Straßenjungen
Ömer Kaar ... Türkische Straßenjungen
Mert Koc ... Türkische Straßenjungen

Güven Kiraç ... Sicherheitsbeamte
Feridun Koc ... Sicherheitsbeamte
Ilhan Hüzmeli ... Kellner Londra
Faik Hüzmeli ... Kellner Londra
Sule Nayir ... Gefängniswärterin
Yusuf Kaba ... Flötenspieler
Aliye Alioglu ... Alte Frau in Camburnu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emre Cosar ... Cengiz (uncredited)
Manu Mencía Calvo ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Yelda Reynaud ... Emine (uncredited)

Directed by
Fatih Akin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fatih Akin 

Produced by
Ali Akdeniz .... co-producer
Fatih Akin .... producer
Paolo Colombo .... co-producer
Alberto Fanni .... co-producer
Nevra Koçoglu .... supervising producer
Klaus Maeck .... producer
Funda Odemis .... co-producer
Erhan Ozogul .... co-producer
Nurhan Sekerci-Porst .... assistant producer (as Nurhan Sekerci)
Christian Springer .... line producer
Andreas Thiel .... producer
Jeanette Würl .... producer
Flaminio Zadra .... co-producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Rainer Klausmann 
Film Editing by
Andrew Bird 
Casting by
Monique Akin 
Production Design by
Sirma Bradley 
Tamo Kunz 
Art Direction by
Seth Turner 
Costume Design by
Katrin Aschendorf 
Makeup Department
Maike Heinlein .... makeup artist
Mediha Safak .... makeup artist
Daniel Schröder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tolga Dundar .... assistant production manager
Aksel Kamber .... production manager
Tina Mersmann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avni Tuna Dilligil .... second assistant director
Surk-Ki Schrade .... assistant director
Seren Yüce .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jan Feil .... property master: inside
Elif Tasçioglu .... property master
Sound Department
Ahmt Sut Alban .... sound
Richard Borowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Andreas Hildebrandt .... sound designer
Jörg Krieger .... sound designer
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Kai Lüde .... sound mixer
Jörn Martens .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Peter Wiemker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Philipp Eckel .... film recording
Birk Ewert .... 2D graphic artist
Michael Krämer .... digital compositor
Lisa Riemer .... digital intermediate coordinator
Philipp Schneider .... visual effects editor
Christoph Schröer .... lead digital compositor
Matthias Schulze-Kirketerp .... digital colorist
Alex Brommer .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ali Haznebar .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Julien Aksoy .... third assistant camera: Istanbul
Gökhan Atilmis .... director of photography: Istanbul (as Gokhan Atilmis)
Emre Basaran .... focus puller: second unit
Faruk Belbidi .... dolly grip
Kuray Benirtray .... lighting technician
Matthias Bode .... grip assistant
Ethem Dag .... second assistant camera: Istanbul
Julia Drache .... second assistant camera
Özgür Eken .... first assistant camera: Istanbul
Torsten Lemke .... lighting design
Astrid Miegel .... first assistant camera
Olcay Oguz .... camera operator: second unit
Carsten Scharrmann .... key grip
Kerstin Stelter .... still photographer
Ercan Yilmaz .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chandra Liebetanz .... wardrobe assistant
Ceylan Senbark .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Ursina Merkt .... post-production assistant
Marcus Ott .... supporting editor
Music Department
Klaus Maeck .... music supervisor
Other crew
Ayse Barim .... production consultant
Can Bemir .... office runner: Turkey
Berk Bengu .... production assistant
Emre Cosar .... production accountant
Agnès Leroy .... press attachée: France
Margaret Metz .... production coordinator
Céline Petit .... press attachée: France
Andreas Thiel .... in memory of

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Auf der anderen Seite" - Germany (original title)
"On the Other Side" - International (English title) (literal title)
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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | France:Unrated | Germany:12 | Ireland:16 (original rating) | Ireland:15A (re-rating on appeal) | Japan:PG-12 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating on appeal) | USA:Unrated
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Did You Know?

Most of the police officers in the film are real.See more »
Factual errors: In the film, the year is 2006 and it is the Festival of Sacrifices (Kurban Bayrami), a religious holiday. Everybody is in summer clothes and many of them are sweating. The Festival of Sacrifices in 2006 in Turkey was in winter, at the end of December.See more »
story:After telling the story of Abraham that was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismael, to show God his obedience. Before Abraham could slay his son God sent a lamb to sacrifice instead.
Nejat Aksu:I asked my dad if he would have sacrificed me as well.
Susanne Staub:And what did he say?
Nejat Aksu:That he would even make an enemy of God to protect me.
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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
"this my friend, this is cinema!", 12 May 2008
Author: Guy Anisimov from Austria

many of us who watched or are thinking about watching Faith Akin's latest film are most probably turning to it after being impressed by his more than amazing Head-On which i personally love! To avoid disappointment, besides the tag line which seems pretty similar these two movies are not very much alike. The best would be to take 'TEOH' as what it is and not as "Head-On the sequel".

the movie tells us the story of a young Turkish professor who lives and most probably grew up in Germany, and now decides to set on a journey back to his hometown to find the daughter of his father's new girlfriend. as it turns out finding someone in a foreign country is not that easy, and as such there are many emotions and surprises involved.

what especially stands out are the cinematography which presents a beautiful and colorful Turkey and the direction which is nothing less than superb! although there are no big names in the cast, as a whole it performed a great job, especially by Nurgul Yesilcay who portrayed the looked for daughter and Hanna Schygulla who portrayed the mother of this daughter's lover.

for me, just as it was a great movie it could have been a great book, especially because of the ending that no matter how hard i tried just didn't let me get this movie out of my head. in an interview i've seen of the newly internationally acclaimed and appreciated director he mentions Emir Kustorica and also confesses how after making Head-On he thought he knew one or two things about cinema and how now after making The Edge Of Heaven he knows that nor he nor many others have any idea what cinema really is. He ends by quoting Mr. Kustorica after watching TEOH saying "this my friend, this is cinema."

highly recommended to anyone everyone!

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