ARRI Film & TV Newsletter 06/2011 English   

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ARRI Film & TV Newsletter 06/2011

Esteemed clients, dear friends of ARRI,


Enclosed, please find the most recent edition of the ARRI Film & TV newsletter, this time on the occasion of the theatrical release of Almanya - Welcome to Germany, a very personal film from the Samdereli sisters. This story about a family, encompassing three generations and two cultures, is partially based on true events and introduces the audience to life between the orient and the occident.  


Enjoy the read!


All the best,

Angela Reedwisch and Walter Brus


Opening in German Theaters on March 10, 2011: Almanya - Welcome to Germany

Director: Yasemin Samdereli
Screenplay: Nesrin Samdereli, Yasemin Samdereli
DoP: Ngo the Chau
Editor: Andrea Mertens
Production Company:
German Distributor:
Concorde Filmverleih


VFX Supervisor: Abraham Schneider
VFX Producer:
Nina Knott
VFX Creative Director:
Jürgen Schopper
DI Producer:
Andreas Mummert
DI Grading:
Manfred Turek


ARRI Services: Lab, Digital Intermediate, VFX, HD-Mastering, DCP Mastering

In Almanya - Welcome to Germany, co-writers Nesrin and Yasemin Samdereli tell the entertaining story of a Turkish family who arrived in Germany three generations ago. Now, at their grandfather's request, they travel to the country their family once called home. Yasemin Samdereli made her directorial debut with the film, which was shot in Izmir and Munich. ROXY FILM produced Almanya which will be distributed in Germany by Concorde Filmverleih.


ROXY FILM brought ARRI Film & TV on board to complete the postproduction: Film Lab, Visual Effects, Digital Intermediate, HD Mastering and DCP.  Manfred Turek color graded the images shot by DoP Ngo the Chau in the Lustre suite.


DIGITALLY INTEGRATED: an actor was filmed in front of a greenscreen and then combined with
documentary footage.
© 2010 Concorde Filmverleih GmbH

On September 10, 1964, Germany's one-millionth 'guest worker' was welcomed. Spanning a period of 45 years, this film by the sisters Yasemin Samdereli (director) and Nesrin Samdereli (screenplay) tells the story of guest worker number onemillion-and-one, a man named Hüseyin Yilmaz, and his family. "Who or what am I - German or Turk?" asks six-year-old Cenk Yilmaz when neither his Turkish nor his German schoolmates pick him for their respective football teams. In an attempt to comfort Cenk, his 22-year-old cousin, Canan, tells him the story of their grandfather, Hüseyin, who came to Germany at the end of the sixties as a 'guest worker' and who later brought his wife and children to 'Almanya'. Germany had long since become the family's home when, without warning one night, Hüseyin surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and now wants to return to the old country. Rejecting even the slightest opposition, Hüseyin stands firm and the entire family sets off for Turkey. This marks the beginning of a journey full of memories, arguments and reconciliations - until, that is, the family trip takes an unexpected turn...