Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm

Love, Deutschmarks and Death

The German Federal Republic’s 1961 recruitment agreement with Turkey not only brought “guest workers” to Germany but also their music. Cem Kaya’s dense documentary film essay is a tutorial in Turkish-German recent history that tells a tale of assembly line jobs, homesickness and family reunification, the bazaar in the elevated railway station at Berlin’s Bülowstraße, xenophobia and racism, the wistful songs of the early years and the hip-hop of the post-reunification period. These are the stories shared by musicians beginning with Metin Türköz and Yüksel Özkasap, to the psychedelic Derdiyoklar and the chart-topping rapper Muhabbet. Extensive archival research and an interest in Turkish popular culture are recurring themes in Cem Kaya’s work. With AŞK, MARK VE ÖLÜM, he has created a rhythmic and vividly narrated cinematic encyclopaedia of Turkish music in Germany. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, Deutschmarks and Death, 2022, doc) - Remake, Remix, Rip-Off – About Copy Culture and Turkish Pop Cinema (2014, doc) - Arabeks – Vom Straßensound zum Massenpop (Arabeks, 2010, mid-length doc, co-directed with Gökhan Bulut) - Do Not Listen! (2005, short)
European Panorama Documentary 2022
Cem Kaya
Germany 2022
color & black and white
96 minutes
Turkish / German / English
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Cem Kaya, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Cinematography Cem Kaya, Mahmoud Belakhel, Julius Dommer, Christian Kochmann
Editing Cem Kaya
Sound/Sounddesign Henning Hein, Fatih Aydin, Armin Badde, Tarik Badaoui, Thorsten Bolzé, Dalia Castel, Tim Gorinski, Cem Kaya, Kris Limbach, Jule Vari
Producer(s) Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Stefan Kauertz, Claus Reichel, Florian Schewe
filmfaust, Film Five
World Sales
Taskovski Films
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
Stadtkino Filmverleih
World Premiere
Berlinale 2022