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The Edge of Heaven ()

Auf der anderen Seite (original title)
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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

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Nejat / Ali's son
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Ayten / Yeter's daughter
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Ali / Nejat's father
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Yeter / Ayten's mother-Prostitute
Patrycia Ziolkowska ...
Lotte / Ayten's lesbian friend
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Susanne / Lotte's mother
Idil Üner ...
Ärztin / doctor
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Ufuk / Nejat's cousin
Turgay Tanülkü ...
Cem
Elcim Eroglu ...
Elcim
Nurten Güner ...
Nurten
Asuman Altinay ...
Türkan
Gökhan Kiraç ...
Junger Polizeibeamter / Younger police officer
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Kommissar / inspector
Lars Rudolph ...
Markus / Buchhandlung Inhaber / bookstore owner
Ali Akdeniz ...
Zivilpolizist 1. Mai
Nadire Irtel ...
Frau im Treppenhaus / Woman in the stairwell
Sevilay Demirci ...
Nurhan
Öznur Kula ...
Gefangene / prisoner
Gokce Isil Tuna ...
Gefangene / prisoner
Michael Wolf ...
Grenzbeamter / border official
Sileyman Kaplan ...
Arif (as Süleyman 'Sly' Kaplan)
Cengiz Daner ...
Tankstelleninhaber / Gas station owner
Gürsoy Gemec ...
Sohn des Tankstelleninhabers / Son of the gas station owner
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 ...
Türkischer Straßenjunge / Turkish street boy
Ömer Kaar ...
Türkischer Straßenjunge / Turkish street boy
Mert Koc ...
Türkischer Straßenjunge / Turkish street boy
Güven Kiraç ...
Sicherheitsbeamte / security guard
Feridun Koç ...
Sicherheitsbeamte / security guard (as Feridun Koc)
Ilhan Hüzmeli ...
Kellner Londra
Faik Hüzmeli ...
Kellner Londra
Sule Nayir ...
Gefängniswärterin / prison guard
Yusuf Kaba ...
Flötenspieler
Aliye Alioglu ...
Alte Frau in Camburnu / Old woman in Camburnu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emre Cosar ...
Cengiz (uncredited)
Manu Mencía Calvo ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Emine (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fatih Akin

Written by

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Fatih Akin ... ()

Produced by

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Ali Akdeniz ... co-producer: Turkey
Fatih Akin ... producer
Ç. Duygu Bingöl ... producer
Paolo Colombo ... co-producer
Alberto Fanni ... co-producer
Nevra Koçoglu ... supervising producer
Klaus Maeck ... producer
Funda Odemis ... co-producer: Turkey
Erhan Ozogul ... co-producer: Turkey
Nurhan Sekerci-Porst ... assistant producer (as Nurhan Sekerci)
Christian Springer ... line producer
Andreas Thiel ... producer
Jeanette Würl ... producer
Flaminio Zadra ... co-producer

Music by

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Shantel

Cinematography by

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Rainer Klausmann

Film Editing by

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Andrew Bird

Editorial Department

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Ursina Merkt ... post-production assistant
Marcus Ott ... supporting editor

Casting By

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Monique Akin

Production Design by

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Sirma Bradley
Tamo Kunz

Art Direction by

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Seth Turner

Costume Design by

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Katrin Aschendorf

Makeup Department

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Maike Heinlein ... makeup artist
Mediha Safak ... makeup artist
Daniel Schröder ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Andrea Bockelmann ... unit production manager
Tolga Dundar ... assistant production manager
Aksel Kamber ... production manager
Tina Mersmann ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Avni Tuna Dilligil ... second assistant director
Surk-Ki Schrade ... assistant director
Seren Yüce ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jan Feil ... property master: inside
Çagdas Malay ... assistant art director: Turkey
Elif Tasçioglu ... property master
Tijen Çelik ... assistant art director: Turkey

Sound Department

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Ahmt Sut Alban ... sound
Serter Alkaya ... sound: second unit, Kadiköy team 2, Turkey
Richard Borowski ... re-recording mixer
Kadir Yekta Danabas ... sound: second unit, Kadiköy team 1, Turkey
Andreas Hildebrandt ... sound designer
Jörg Krieger ... sound designer
Martin Langenbach ... foley artist
Kai Lüde ... sound mixer
Jörn Martens ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Peter Wiemker ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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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)

Stunts

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Ali Haznebar ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Chandra Liebetanz ... wardrobe assistant
Ceylan Senbark ... wardrobe assistant

Music Department

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Karin Binder ... flute (as Binder-Hostettler Duo)
John Bolloten ... musician (as The Rootsman)
John Bullard ... banjo
Marcus Darius Ghoreischian ... producer (as Marcus Darius)
Christian Hostettler ... guitar (as Binder-Hostettler Duo)
Klaus Maeck ... music supervisor
Orhan Seyfi Orhon ... lyricist
Maçkali Hasan Tunç ... composer: additional music
Recep Hayri Yenigün ... composer: additional music (as Hayri Yenigün)
Nevzat Çelik ... music arrangement

Other crew

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Ayse Barim ... production consultant
Can Bemir ... office runner: Turkey
Berk Bengu ... production assistant
Emre Cosar ... production accountant
Agnès Leroy ... press attachée: France
Richard Lormand ... publicity: International
Margaret Metz ... production coordinator
Céline Petit ... press attachée: France

Thanks

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Andreas Thiel ... in memory of

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten. Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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Also Known As
  • Yasamin kiyisinda (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Ai confini del paradiso (Italy)
  • The Edge of Heaven (United States)
  • On the Other Side (World-wide, English title)
  • The Edge of Heaven (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 122 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Nurgül Yesilçay - who is a big star in her native Turkey - had doubts about taking on the part of Ayten as she wasn't sure how audiences would react to seeing her as a revolutionary lesbian. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Fatih Akin - Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Ben Seni Sevdigimi See more »
Crazy Credits Towards the end of the credits, details about the book Nejat gives to his father are given (it's a Turkish translation of "Die Tochter des Schmieds" by Selim Özdogan) with a request to read it: "Lest dieses Buch, Leute!" ("Read this book, people!") Selim Özdogan is a friend of Fatih Akin. See more »
Quotes 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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