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The Edge of Heaven (international English title) (original title (Auf der anderen Seite), is a 2007 Turkish-German film written and directed by Fatih Akın. The film won the Prix du scénario at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It has been selected as Germany's entry for the 80th Academy Awards 2008.



The Edge of Heaven’, a German-Turkish cross-cultural tale of loss, mourning and forgiveness, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Annual 2007 Cannes Film Festival and will be the German contributions for the Oscar’s in early ’08.

The Edge of Heaven is the fifth feature from acclaimed German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin. Like Crash and Babel, the characters diverge and intersect with each other and the tone is reminiscent of the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others.

Nejat, a Turkish professor of German literature living in Bremen, travels to Istanbul on a quixotic quest to find the daughter of his father's former partner. Through his search Nejat discovers that the wounds and scars of the past can only be healed by a mix of life-altering events and the passage of time.

Juggling timely themes of globalisation and miscommunication, this evocative and profoundly moving film bridges two different cultures and two diametrically varied races as it moves between Turkey and Germany.


Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey, where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten...



Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg and began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, Sensin - You're The One! (Sensin - Du bist es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, followed by Weed (Getuerkt, 1996). His first full length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos, 1998), won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: In July (Im Juli, 2000), Wir haben vergessen zurueckzukehren (2001), Solino (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2003), Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (2005), and The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite, 2007).


Produced by Anka Film (Turkey), Corazon International (Germany), Dorje Film (Italy), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Germany)

Music by Shantel

Cinematography Rainer Klausmann

Editing by Andrew Bird

Filming Locations

The film was shot in Bremen and Hamburg in Germany; at Taksim and Kadıköy in Istanbul, at the Black Sea coast in Trabzon in Turkey.


Length 122 min, 3,312 m. Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85 Original Version German/Turkish/English Subtitled Versions English

Festival Screenings

Cannes 2007 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2007, Toronto 2007, Vancouver 2007, Ghent 2007, Sevilla 2007, Antalya 2007, London 2007, Thessaloniki 2007


Following the Best Screenplay Award received at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Lino Brocka Award in the International Cinema category at the 2007 Cinemanila International Film Festival in the Philippines. The movie also won five awards at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (best director, editing, supporting actor, supporting actress and special jury award).

On October 24, 2007, the European Parliament awarded its newly established LUX prize for European cinema to Fatih Akın's film.

On November 10, 2007, the film won the Critics Award at the European Cinema Festival, in Seville.

On December 1, 2007, the movie won the best screenplay award at European Film Awards, while it was also nominated for the best director and the best film.

Release Dates


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