Gegen die Wand

Gegen die Wand

Deutschland 2003/2004, Spielfilm

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"You can put an end to your life without killing yourself," whispers the doctor. And Cahit, 40, whose suicide attempt has brought him to the psychiatric clinic, knows what he means: by starting a new life. Yet the anguish in his soul continues to cry out for drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. Sibel – young, pretty and, like Cahit, Turkish-German – loves life too much for a proper Muslim girl. To escape from the prison of her devout, conservative family, she fakes a suicide attempt. But it brings shame, not freedom; only marriage can save her. And so she begs Cahit to marry her. Reluctantly, he agrees. Perhaps to save her. Perhaps to do one meaningful thing in his life. They share an apartment, but little else. She savors her freedom; he has his occasional fling with his sometime girlfriend. Until love enters his life on tip-toes. As he falls in love with Sibel, he finds a new joy in life, the strength to go on. Sibel continues to see other men. Until she, too, realizes that she loves Cahit. But by now it is too late: an explosion of jealousy ends in a violent death. Cahit is sent to jail and Sibel flees to Turkey. Her heart, her mind, her soul are still with Cahit – but for how long?

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Credits

Director:Fatih Akin
Screenplay:Fatih Akin
Director of photography:Rainer Klausmann
Editing:Andrew Bird
Music:Alexander Hacke, Maceo Parker
  
Cast: 
Birol ÜnelCahit Tomruk
Sibel KekilliSibel Güner
Catrin StriebeckMaren
Güven KiraçSeref
Meltem CumbulSelma
Hermann LauseDr.Schiller
Cem AkinBruder Yilmaz Güner
Demir GökgölVater Yunus Güner
Aysel IscanMutter Birsen Güner
Mehmet KurtuluşBarmann in Istanbul
Herr TekinBarbier
Adam BousdoukosBarmann Lukas
Tim SeyfiBayerischer Taxifahrer
Ralph MisskeAmmer, Patient
Philipp BaltusPatient
Orhan GünerBusfahrer
Stefan GebelhoffNico
Francesco FiannacaMann am Tresen
Andreas ThielStandesbeamter
Monique AkinKundin beim Friseur
Zarah McKenzieBarfrau in der Fabrik
Mona MurStammkundin in der Zoe Bar
Karin NiwigerKassiererin in der Psychatrie
Marco GreiserAbschlepper in der Disco
Sonol UgurluShane
Sileyman KaplanSly
Hatun KazciHatice
Canan AtaCanan
Nurcan EsmertürkNurcan
Yilmaz Canan1. Türsteher
Alma Ouglu Sahin2. Türsteher
Cahit AygülerSchläger
Reinhold SchulzHaftanstaltswärter
  
Production company:Wüste Filmproduktion (Hamburg)
Producer:Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert

All Credits

Director:Fatih Akin
Assistant director:Andreas Thiel, Nergis Usta
Script supervisor:Nergis Usta
Screenplay:Fatih Akin
Director of photography:Rainer Klausmann
Assistant camera:Hervé Dieu
Clapper loader:Carol Burandt von Kameke, Sinan Deviren (Türkei)
2nd Camera unit:Christian Klopp, Annika Eysel (Assistenz), Clemens Bley (Assistenz)
Still photography:Kerstin Stelter
Lighting design:Torsten Lemke
Key grip:Maike Maier, Carsten Schaarmann
Dolly grip:Stefan Ruben (Kran), Christian Hillig (Kran)
Set design:Tamo Kunz
Property master:Beate ter Schüren
Stand-by props:Christoph Birth
Title:Oliver Lammert
Make-up artist:Daniel Schröder, Nursen Balci
Costume design:Katrin Aschendorf
Costumes:Almut Stier
Editing:Andrew Bird
Assistant editor:Nikolai Hartmann
Sound design:Jörg Krieger, Nani Schumann
Sound:Kai Lüde
Sound assistant:Herbert Wüst, Andreas Henke
Synch sound:Richard Borowski
Foley artist:Martin Langenbach
Audio mixing:Richard Borowski
Sound (other):Thomas Knop (Geräuschaufnahme)
Choreographer:Emanuel Bettencourt (Kampfchoreografie)
Consultant:Shermin Langhoff (Produktionsberatung Türkei)
Stunts:Sönke Korries, Uwe Manßhardt, Jochen Lange
Casting:Mai Seck
Music:Alexander Hacke, Maceo Parker
Music consultant:Klaus Maeck
  
Cast: 
Birol ÜnelCahit Tomruk
Sibel KekilliSibel Güner
Catrin StriebeckMaren
Güven KiraçSeref
Meltem CumbulSelma
Hermann LauseDr.Schiller
Cem AkinBruder Yilmaz Güner
Demir GökgölVater Yunus Güner
Aysel IscanMutter Birsen Güner
Mehmet KurtuluşBarmann in Istanbul
Herr TekinBarbier
Adam BousdoukosBarmann Lukas
Tim SeyfiBayerischer Taxifahrer
Ralph MisskeAmmer, Patient
Philipp BaltusPatient
Orhan GünerBusfahrer
Stefan GebelhoffNico
Francesco FiannacaMann am Tresen
Andreas ThielStandesbeamter
Monique AkinKundin beim Friseur
Zarah McKenzieBarfrau in der Fabrik
Mona MurStammkundin in der Zoe Bar
Karin NiwigerKassiererin in der Psychatrie
Marco GreiserAbschlepper in der Disco
Sonol UgurluShane
Sileyman KaplanSly
Hatun KazciHatice
Canan AtaCanan
Nurcan EsmertürkNurcan
Yilmaz Canan1. Türsteher
Alma Ouglu Sahin2. Türsteher
Cahit AygülerSchläger
Reinhold SchulzHaftanstaltswärter
  
Production company:Wüste Filmproduktion (Hamburg)
in co-production with:Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) (Hamburg), Corazón International GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Co-Producer:Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Mehmet Kurtuluş
Producer (TV):Jeanette Würl, Andreas Schreitmüller
Line producer:Ali Akdeniz
Unit production manager:Ingrid Holzapfel
Location manager:Jan Weber, Roman Brandt, Türker Süer (Assistenz), Sigurd Sundby (Assistenz), Muharrem Gülmez (Türkei), Levent Öztekin (Türkei), Menderes Demir (Türkei)
Post-production:Nicole Neumann
Shoot:10.03.2003-02.05.2003: Hamburg, Istanbul
Original distributor:Timebandits Films GmbH (Potsdam)
Funding:FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:3326 m, 121 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Fujicolor, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.02.2004, 97164, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2004, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.2004;
TV-Erstsendung: 23.10.2006, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Gegen die Wand
Arbeitstitel Head-on

Versions

Original

Length:3326 m, 121 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Fujicolor, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.02.2004, 97164, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2004, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.2004;
TV-Erstsendung: 23.10.2006, Arte
 

Awards

Verband der amerikanischen Filmkritiker 2005
Bester fremdsprachiger Spielfilm
 
Europäischer Filmpreis 2004
Bester europäischer Film
Publikumspreis in der Kategorie Bester Regisseur
 
Schnittpreis 2004
 
IFF Bitola 2004
Goldene Kamera
 
Gilde der deutschen Filmkunsttheater 2004
Gilde-Preis in Gold
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2004
Lola, Beste Darstellerin
Lola, Bester Darsteller
Lola, Beste Kamera
Lola, Beste Regie
Lola in Gold, Bester Spielfilm
 
IFF Berlin 2004
FIPRESCI-Preis
Goldener Bär, Wettbewerb, Bester Spielfilm