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Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011)

Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland (original title)
The story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family.

Director:

Yasemin Samdereli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vedat Erincin Vedat Erincin ... Hüseyin
Fahri Yardim ... Hüseyin (young) (as Fahri Ögün Yardim)
Lilay Huser Lilay Huser ... Fatma
Demet Gül Demet Gül ... Fatma (young)
Aykut Kayacik Aykut Kayacik ... Veli
Aycan Vardar Aycan Vardar ... Veli (young)
Ercan Karacayli Ercan Karacayli ... Muhamed
Kaan Aydogdu Kaan Aydogdu ... Muhamed (young)
Siir Eloglu ... Leyla
Aliya Artuc Aliya Artuc ... Leyla (young)
Petra Schmidt-Schaller ... Gabi
Denis Moschitto ... Ali
Aylin Tezel ... Canan
Trystan Pütter ... David
Rafael Koussouris Rafael Koussouris ... Cenk Yilmaz
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Storyline

The story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Turkish

Release Date:

10 March 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Almanya See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roxy Film, Infa Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot primarily in German. To give an impression how the Turkish guest workers and their families felt when they came to Germany in the 1960s, the passages spoken by German characters in the flashback scenes are spoken in a German-like gibberish. See more »

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Painfully Painless
6 August 2011 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

To be fair: who says that migration-related films cannot be positive, but have to be bleak and ripe with social criticism à la 'Into this World'? The idea to portray the arrival and gradual integration of a Turkish family in Germany without a speck of racism or aggravation could appear almost bold, given that such a subject matter almost invariably descends into the abysses of social or moral decay. Yet 'Almanya' attempts to be an uplifting, encouraging comedy of sorts, and obviously intends to highlight the positive aspects of integration. Religious matters are completely obliterated, women's issues are gently brushed aside, the entire story revolves around a family so intact, so void of disintegration and serious conflict that it could very well substitute for a Turkish Trapp family, if there was more singing.

Being so picture-perfect, the family (and the film) can never shake a whiff of artifice and dullness. Given its inclusion in this year's Berlin competition, and a fairly wide release for a domestic film, one cannot help but wonder if this isn't a German propaganda effort promoting integration to lesser satisfied migrants: Look, this is how easy you could make it for yourselves in our golden land of opportunity. Perceived as such, 'Almanya' becomes almost enjoyable as a parody of sorts. But if you're interested in how things really are for migrants in Germany, you're better off with Faith Akin's 'Head-on' and 'Short Sharp Shock', or Özgür Yildirim's 'Chiko'.


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