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Gegen die Wand

Deutschland 2003/2004 Spielfilm

Summary

Head-On

"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

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Shoot

    • 10.03.2003 - 02.05.2003: Hamburg, Istanbul
Duration:
3326 m, 121 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Fujicolor, Dolby Digital
Censorship/Age 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

Länge:
3326 m, 121 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Bild/Ton:
Fujicolor, Dolby Digital
Prüfung/Zensur:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 27.02.2004, 97164, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Aufführung:

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