A film by Meh­met Akif Büyü­ka­ta­lay. In Ger­man, Tur­kish an Roma­ni with Ger­man subtitles.

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In an argu­ment with his wife Bur­cu, Oray pro­noun­ces the Isla­mic word for sepa­ra­ti­on, ‘talaq’. The Imam informs him of the con­se­quen­ces: Oray must now part from Bur­cu for three mon­ths. Oray uses the enfor­ced break in their rela­ti­ons­hip to make a fresh start and moves to Colo­gne. Here, he finds a job at a flea mar­ket and seeks out a new Mus­lim reli­gious com­mu­ni­ty, led by the young Imam Bil­al. Soon, Oray begins preaching hims­elf; he is espe­cial­ly popu­lar with the youn­ger mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­ti­on, and this makes Bil­al jea­l­ous. When Bur­cu pays her hus­band a sur­pri­se visit, they rea­li­se that the break has done them good and they still love each other. Oray asks Bil­al for advice. But the lat­ter advo­ca­tes a stric­ter inter­pre­ta­ti­on of Isla­mic law than the imam in Oray’s com­mu­ni­ty back home: pro­noun­cing ‘talaq’ he says, does not mean a break, but a divor­ce. Direc­tor Meh­met Akif Büyü­ka­ta­lay employs a qua­si-docu­men­ta­ry style to tell the sto­ry of an indi­vi­du­al exhaus­ting hims­elf as he works his way through a religion’s com­plex belief sys­tem and his search for ful­film­ent as a human caught bet­ween his belief in love and his love for his faith.



DE 2018, dt.türk.,romani OmU, 100 Min.
Regie, Buch: Meh­met Akif Büyükatalay
Kame­ra: Chris­ti­an Kochmann
Mon­ta­ge: Denys Darahan
Zejhun Demi­rov (Oray)
Deniz Orta (Bur­cu)
Cem Gök­taş (Bil­al)
Faris Yüz­başıoğlu (Tan­ju)


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