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I WAS, I AM, I WILL BE
ES GILT DAS GESPROCHENE WORT
2019, 122 min, Germany/France, Dir: Ilker Çatak

Ilker Çatak’s sophomore feature is a nuanced examination of life's unpredictability and progression from a troubled past to a complicated present and the hopeful promise of the future. Opposite worlds collide when Turkish gigolo Baran (Ogulcan Arman Uslu) meets Marion (Anne Ratte-Polle), a German pilot, on the beaches of Marmaris. In his pursuit of a better life in Europe, Baran convinces Marion to take him back to Germany, but what starts as a simple arrangement begins to develop into something deeper. “Çatak keeps the focus on a human level as the couple faces the kind of dilemmas that might have fuelled a melodrama by Douglas Sirk or Fassbinder.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International.


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