The Edge of Heaven
The Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven

Director Fatih Akin

Production year 2007

Length 122min.

Country Germany/Italy/Turkey


Nejat disapproves 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 plea for asylum 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...


Best Screenplay | Cannes IFF, France, 2007

Best Screenplay | European Film Award, , 2007

Jury Award, Best Direction, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Award of Honor | Antalya Golden Orange FF, Turkey, 2007

Canvas Audience Award | Ghent IFF, Belgium, 2007

Premio de la Critica | Seville IFF, Spain, 2007

Best Director | Bavarian Film Award, Germany, 2007

Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing | German Film Awards, , 2008


Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin



Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck


Fatih Akin

Director of Photography

Rainer Klausmann

Production designer

Tamo Kunz, Sirma Bradley

Music by

Stefan Shantel Hantel


Ahmt Sut Alban


Andrew Bird


Baki Davrak, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Nurcel Kose, Hanna Schygulla, Tuncel Kurtiz; Nurgul Yesilcay

Production company(ies)

CORAZÓN International

Fatih Akin

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)

FILMS 2010