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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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
Gokhan Atilmis .... director of photography: Istanbul
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)
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Did You Know?

The role of Ali was written specially for veteran Turkish actor Tuncel Kurtiz.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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116 out of 130 people found the following review useful.
Complex and thought-provoking, 19 March 2008
Author: gospodinBezkrai from Plovdiv, Thrace, Bulgaria

"The Edge of Heaven", original title "On the other side", takes up a number of ideas from Faith Akin's previous film. But it takes them also in a new unexpected direction - with a political view (on Kurdish problem, on Europeans), with additional protagonist types - now the conflicted German Turks are joined by 'naive' Germans proper and 'seen-too-much' Turkish (Kurds) proper. All of the characters were very well constructed and, as representative types of their social groups, offered much material for the audience to reflect upon.

Indeed, a knowledgeable audience would find this film to be replete with commentary on our social and political reality, the Anatolian and the European, and on the respective preconceptions and stereotypes. Some of the commentary is tragic, some is ironic. Here, in Bulgaria, the audience laughed and applauded when the German granma said with all her conviction to the Kurdish girl that everything in her country will become alright once they join the EU. On the other hand, an émigré Kurdish audience will probably applaud a very moving and full of suspense depiction of the Kurdish struggle in Turkey, which is however frank both to Kurds and to the Turkish authorities. It included small cameos from the conflict that are for the first time openly publicised: for example, the revolutionaries as they are taken out of their hideout to be arrested by the police, announce their names to the street and the world, in apprehension of being disappeared by the authorities; minutes later the crowd of passer-bys claps to the departing police vans in a popular approval of the suppression of kurdish struggle...

Still, the myriad political and social themes are only a setting to a much more personal story. The opening of one's soul, the crossing of inner walls that separate us from those who love us. This story is repeated three times, in different context, for the three characters who remain alive to cross 'to the other side': the German mother who accepts her daughter's ideals, the German-Turkish son who forgives his father, the Kurdish girl who takes the love of her friends over her revolutionary commitment. However, the director allows no one of them to consume their redemption within the film's running time - their characters remain tragic.

It is a very powerful film. As a friend said after the screening, it tramples over you like a steam-roller. The emotional mix of the previous film "Head-on" had me cry, but crying releases the pain. This one doesn't let to release the tension even at the final scene. It will stay with you for days after.

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