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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.
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Most of the police officers in the film are real.
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Germany's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).
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Shot in 44 days.
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The second entry in a proposed trilogy entitled "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" ("Love, Death and the Devil"). "Gegen die Wand" ("Head-On") was the first.
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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.
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The role of Ali was written specially for veteran Turkish actor Tuncel Kurtiz.
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Baki Davrak was cast very late into proceedings and subsequently missed Akin's standard three-week rehearsal period. To bring him up to speed, Akin took him on a trip to Turkey.
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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.
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Fatih Akin originally conceived the film as being part Missing (1982) and part Frantic (1988).
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A whole subplot of Baki Davrak's character meeting an old flame and rekindling their romance was excised as it slowed the film down.
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Spoilers 

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.'""
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