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Karamuk

Director: Sulblye V. Gunar

2002. English subtitles. Colour. Anamorphic. Dolby stereo. 94 mins.


This neatly scripted and skilfully directed dramatic comedy marks an assured feature debut by Stuttgart-born Sulblye V. Gunar. Its central character, Johanna (Julia Mahnecke), is a feisty 17-year-old who lives with her single mother and dreams of becoming a designer. Planning to attend an expensive Paris academy, she hopes to borrow the money from the man she’s been led to believe is her father. Deeply distressed and angry to discover that her real father is in fact Cumhur (Adnan Maral), the Turkish owner of an elegant restaurant in Cologne, Johanna starts working at the restaurant without telling the proprietor who she is. Although she quickly comes to like her Ônew family’, there are plenty of surprises in store for Johanna. . . . Anchored by a powerhouse performance from Mahnecke, the film provides a very convincing portrait of a determined young woman who struggles at school and at home but still pursues her dream of succeeding in a glamorous profession.

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