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The Edge of Heaven
(Germany/Turkey, 2007, 119 minutes)
A Turkish retiree in Germany becomes smitten with a prostitute; meanwhile, her daughter, a revolutionary activist, flees from Istanbul and finds love in the idealist student who lodges her. Affecting ensemble melodrama that twists its time-worn mosaic formula to deliver a few narrative surprises and a powerful meditation on human relationships.
The Match Factory presents a Corazón International/Anka Film production, in association with Dorje Film, in co-production with NDR; in collaboration with Sandra Harter—KOX, Intervista Digital Media and Pictorion Pictures; with support from Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmförderung Hamburg, Nordmedia, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and KFF. Starring Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Köse, Nurgul Yesilcay, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Hanna Schygulla. Directed and written by Fatih Akin; produced by Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin; music by Shantel; director of photography (colour), Rainer Klausmann; production designers, Tamo Kurz, Sirma Bradley; costume designer, Katrin Aschendorf; film editor, Andrew Bird.