In july

In July / Im Juli / În iulie
2000 / 99 min / Germany
 
Script Fatih Akin
Director Fatih Akin
Cinematographer Pierre Aȉm
Editing Andrew Bird
Music Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Producer Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel/ Argos
Cast  
Moritz Bleibtreu Ilias Kazantsakis
Christiane Paul Juli
Mehmet Kurtulus Isa
 
Synopsis

His students thumb their noses at him, the barkeepers 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 wouldn't see happiness if it hit him in the face! But his drab existence as a teacher is about to change... he falls head over heals 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, for the first time on drugs and 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

 

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany from Turhish parents. His first film was Short Sharp Shock which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award in Locarno. In July is his seconnd film which brings him a national award.His fourth work, Head-On (Gegen die Wand) was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards. In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. In 2009 he directed Soul Kitchen. He has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven. His last film The Cut is based on the Armenian Genocide, was nominated for Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival) and won Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award - Special Mention.