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Germany | 2014 | 138 minutes | Fatih Akin

In 1915, Armenian blacksmith Nazareth is ripped away from his family to become a slave worker for the Ottoman authorities. Years later he escapes and begins his cross-continent quest to reunite with his family.

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German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin with co-writer Mardik Martin (Raging Bull, Mean Streets) turns his attention toward the 1915 Armenian genocide in his new, continent-crossing epic. Armenian Christian and blacksmith Nazareth is captured from his home and torn away from his dear wife and two daughters by Ottoman authorities who quickly turn him into a slave laborer. Resigned to working nonstop to build a road in the dusty, unyielding desert, time painfully passes. In a confrontation between the Ottomans, civilian Turks, and the prisoners, Nazareth gets his throat cut and becomes mute, yet in the chaos he sneakily escapes. Thus begins his quest towards reuniting with his daughters, who he learns are still alive setting Nazareth off on a harsh journey that will take him several years and thousands of miles. Akin delivers a compelling and visually extravagant film that expertly shows the historical horrors of the time and the extremes a man will go to in order to keep his family together.

Director Biography
Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for Head On in 2004 and became one of Europe’s most influential directors. With his production company Corazón International, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films Chiko, Takva And Min Dît.

  • Director: Fatih Akin
  • Principal Cast: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram J. Khoury, Hindi Zahra, Kevork Malikian
  • Country: Germany, France, Poland, Turkey
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 138 minutes
  • Producer: Fatih Akin, Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig
  • Screenplay: Fatih Akin, Mardik Martin
  • Cinematographers: Rainer Klausmann
  • Editors: Andrew Bird
  • Music: Alexander Hacke
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Venice Film Festival 2014 (Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award - Special Mention)
  • Filmography: Polluting Paradise (2012), Soul Kitchen (2009), New York, I Love You (2008), The Edge of Heaven (2007) Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (2006), Head-On (2004), In July (2000), Short Sharp Shock (1998)
  • Language: Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Match Factory