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DIRECTOR: Yasemin Samdereli - GERMANY

Winner of the Audience Award at the Chicago Film Festival and German Film Prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay, Almanya is a breezy culture clash comedy centering on multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan. After working for 45 years in Germany as a Turkish “gastarbeiter” or guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s and a citizen, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. After some convincing, the family is Anatolia-bound. Cross-cutting between Hüseyin and his young family’s migration to Germany (Almanya) in the 1960s and the now much-expanded brood’s road trip in the current day, Almanya is a family story mixed with laugh-out-loud humor. Samdereli’s film delivers a touching reflection on cultural misunderstandings and the fundamental question of what constitutes national identity, if not necessarily assimilation. (101 mins.)

First Feature.

Sponsored by Zeitgeist Northwest.


Interests: New Directors, Comedy.

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