His students thumb their noses at him, the barmen ignore him in all of the hip joints he frequents and even his permanently spaced-out neighbor has a better social life: how square can you get? Daniel, a young physics teacher would not see happiness if it hit him in the face! But his drab existence as a teacher is about to change... he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful girl called Melek, and spontaneously decides to follow her to Istanbul. Daniel sets out for the long trip from Hamburg to Istanbul together with his crazy friend July, who sells jewelry and has always secretly worshipped Daniel. On this wild odyssey through south-eastern Europe he will discover a new self. He is beaten up, seduced, robbed, uses drugs for the first time and is busted by Turkish border guards, yet Daniel learns to fight for his happiness. And after this long journey he realizes that the laws of physics don't always apply in the real world...
Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor | German Film Awards, Germany, 2001
Audience Award | Tromsø IFF, Norwey, 2001
CAST & CREW
Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Director of Photography
Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Moritz Bleibtreu, Mehmet Kurtulus, Christiane Paul
Born 1973, Hamburg, Germany. A son of Turkish parent, he studied film at the University Of Fine Arts Of Hamburg, graduating in 2000. From 1993 to 2004 he worked with Wüste Filmproduktion, Hamburg. In 2003, founded Corazon International Film Production Company. 2005, was a visiting professor at the College of Fine Arts of University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.
Sensin – Du bist es!/Sensin…You’re the One! (1995); Getürkt/Weed (1996); Kurz und schmerzlos/Short Shqrp Shock (1998); Im Juli/In July (2000); Denk ich an Deutchland – Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren (2000); Selmo (2002); Gegen die Wand/Head-On (2004); Visions of Europe (segment Die alten bosen Lieder/The Evil Old Songs, 2004); Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005); Auf der anderen Seite/The Edge of Heaven (2007); New York, I Love You (segment, 2009); Deutchland 09: 13 kurtze Filme zur Lage der Nation/Germany 09: 13 Short Films about the State of the Nation (segment Der name Murat Kurnaz/Being Murat Kurnaz, 2008); Soul Kitchen (2009)