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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 »
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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
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?

When the film was released to UK cinemas on the 22nd February 2008, it simultaneously became available on Sky Box Office, the UK's major cable TV provider. This represented the first time such a release took place, opening up new possibilities for foreign language films - which traditionally have problems getting distribution - to be seen by bigger audiences.See more »
Continuity: When the Lotte is driving through Bremen, she passes a bus in which Jeter (Jessy) and Baki were sitting after visiting Baki's father in the hospital. The first time we see them sitting in the bus, they are sitting together in the same seat. When Lotte passes the bus, they are sitting opposite of each other.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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76 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Once every few years, a film this touching comes along, 22 July 2008
Author: Michael Fargo from San Francisco

I usually comment on films right after I've seen them. However, "Auf der anderen Seite" (The Edge of Heaven), touched me in a way that few films do, so a month has passed.

This story of two sets of mothers and daughters, a father and his son...and a gun seems familiar, but its resolution is anything but. To lay out the plot would be daunting. So much ground is covered, yet it unfolds effortlessly. F a t i h Akin's screenplay is elliptical--the story starts where it finishes--but by the end, when the opening scene is replayed, our journey with these characters puts us, indeed, on the edge of transcendence.

Amid the desperation on display, small details brim over the images: a son waters his father's tomato plants pausing to taste the ripened fruit, a mother pits cherries that stain her fingers, another manicures her nails to avoid a quarrel, we imagine a bookstore's--specifically a German language bookstore in Istanbul--smell and the safety it can bring to a foreigner.... These domestic details are set against much larger, although finally insignificant, struggles: the cultural divide of immigrants, students revolting against an oppressive government, how imprisonment can deaden the soul. But F a t i h Akin wants the basic struggles of family bonds to be central here. It's the resolution of family rifts--small and large, emotional and physical--that are urgent.

The choice of settings, music, lighting... all carefully selected to build toward one moment that catches us off guard. When a foreigner asks "What is Kurban Bayrami?" (a Turkish holiday) the many seemingly disparate elements that we've been watching--in good faith because they're so rivetingly told--suddenly come together, it almost knocked the breath out of me.

Whether or not we as viewers have lost a father or mother or a child, through death, physical separation or emotional turmoil, we can understand what these characters suffer. And how all that can be healed—the willingness to have faith that good intentions can mend this troubled world—is something like a miracle to find illustrated on film. The weapons these characters lay down to pursue goodness don't necessarily have the effect they intend, but as we watch lives torn apart and then healed we see what they don't. And we carry that lesson out of theater with us.

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