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by Umut Dag


When Ayşe celebrates her wedding almost everyone in her Turkish village believes her to have married Hasan who is just a few years her senior. But in fact, she is sent to Vienna as Hasan’s father Mustafa’s second wife. She arrives in Austria and receives a mixed welcome from her new family. At first, Mustafa’s children, some of whom are older than Ayşe, turn their back on the girl. Only Fatma, Mustafa’s wife of many years who is now dying of cancer, seems genuinely pleased: now she can be assured of a good successor to tend to her husband, to whom she has been a loyal and obedient Muslim wife. A special friendship involves between the two different women but this relationship is soon put to the test when the family has to face a stroke of fate.

original title: Kuma
country: Austria
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Umut Dag
film run: 93'
release date: CZ 16/04/2012, AT 27/04/2012, FR 06/06/2012, NL 11/10/2012, DE 08/08/2013, UK 16/08/2013
screenplay: Petra Ladinigg, Umut Dag
cast: Nihal Koldas, Begüm Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu, Alev Irmak
cinematography by: Carsten Thiele
film editing: Claudia Linzer
costumes designer: Cinzia Cioffi
producer: Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
production: Wega Film
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Filmladen, KMBO, Peccadillo Pictures, Salzgeber & Co. Medien, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.
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