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.
The book Nejat gives to his father is a (at that point fictitious) Turkish translation of "Die Tochter des Schmieds" (The Blacksmith's Daughter) by Selim Özdogan. Selim Özdogan is a good friend of Fatih Akin.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
According to Fatih Akin, the closing scene of the film (Nejat waiting for Ali on the beach) is based on the last sentence of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo": ""Darling," replied Valentine, "has not the count just told us that all human wisdom is summed up in two words? - 'Wait and hope.'""