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Gegen die Wand [videorecording] = Head-on /
Bavaria Film International ; Wüste Filmproduktion ; in co-produktion mit Corazón International ; und NDR in Zusammenarbeit mit Arte ; Produzenten, Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert ; Buch und Regie, Fatih Akin.
[Hamburg] : Wüste Filmproduktion, GmbH ; [Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing, c2005.
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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[Hamburg] : Wüste Filmproduktion, GmbH ; [Culver City, CA] : Strand Releasing, c2005.
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Opening -- Proposal -- Father's blessing -- Wedding -- Open marriage -- Turkish delight -- Husband and wife -- Family honour -- Istanbul -- Looking to score -- Meeting again -- Credits.
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Bildgestaltung [cinematographer], Rainer Klausmann ; Schnitt [editor], Andrew Bird ; Musikberatung [music consultant], Klaus Maeck ; musicians include Selim Sesler und Orchester, Idil Üner, Maceo Parker und Band, Aytun Ede, and Fanfare Ciocarlia.
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Originally produced as a German motion picture in 2003.
Special features: Original theatrical trailer (2 min.); Hinter der Wand: Frontbericht eines Praktikanten = Head-on: report of an intern [making-of featurette] (30 min.); Deleted scenes (19 min.); Outtakes (13 min.); Other Strand titles [previews] (7 min.).
Birol Ünel (Cahit), Sibel Kekilli (Sibel), Catrin Striebeck (Maren), Güven Kiraç (Seref), Meltem Cumbul (Selma [cousine]).
Cahit Tomruk is in his forties, a rock 'n' rolling boozer with a purposeless, dead-end job. Sibel Güner desperately wants to escape her conservative Turkish family. Both are German-born Turks equally ill at ease in either culture; seeking a new life, and a morality that will withstand the constant shuttling between codes. They marry--a marriage of convenience, natürlich. Eventually his nihilism and her promiscuity lead to violence and jail for him, and scandal and possible death for her. She goes into hiding in Istanbul and after he gets out, he goes to Turkey to find her. This dark and vibrant story reflects the unstable moods of Turks in Germany, a half assimilated, half-alien population whose future is a quest and whose passion is ongoing.
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In Turkish and German with optional subtitles in English.
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MPAA rating: Rated R, for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence & drug content.
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DVD; 16X9 letterbox.

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