Almanya - Welcome to Germany

(Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland)

Year 2011
Runtime 97 mins
Language German, Turkish
Subtitles English
Canadian Premiere

It’s not easy “assimilating” comedy into a depiction of Europe’s troubled relations with its migrant workers. But that’s exactly what ALMAYNA: WELCOME TO GERMANY does with the past and present of one Turkish-German family as they stumble through two countries to ask one question: “Who am I?”

Forty-five years ago, Huseyin (Vedat Erincin) came to Germany from Turkey as a Gastarbeiter (a guest worker). Now, as a full German citizen, he’s taking seven of his family members back to his home village and a life that his grandchildren can barely imagine. Meanwhile, Huseyin’s grandson, Cenk (Rafael Koussouris), tries to do exactly that: imagine the absurd hurdles that his grandfather had to clear on the way to his new home, like an immigration official who insists on the importance of pork consumption.

Its opening and closing credits may roll to archival footage of Germany’s guest worker program, but ALMAYANA is more feel-good comedy than social commentary. Still, in the 45 years and thousands of kilometres between Hamburg and Anatalya, Huseyin’s family finds plenty of life to experience.


Best Screenplay, Film Award in Gold, German Film Awards 2011
Outstanding Feature Film, Film Award in Silver, German Film Awards 2011
Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011
Montreal World Film Festival 2011
Yasemin Samdereli
Annie Brunner, Andreas Richter, Ursula Wörner
Yasemin Samdereli, Nesrin Samdereli
Moritz Kaethner, The Chau Ngo
Andrea Mertens
Production Design
Alexander Manasse
Gerd Baumann
Fahri Ögün Yardim,
Demet Gül,
Vedat Erincin,