by Özgür Yildirim
Chiko wants to make it all the way up to the top. He and his best friend, Tibet, think that money, power and respect is all that counts for two young guys of Turkish background in the suburban ghettos of Hamburg.
Chiko uses his ruthless wits to catch the attention of Brownie, the drug lord who controls everything the two friends dream of. Chiko fights for Brownie's trust and respect and eventually becomes Brownie's right hand in the local drug underworld. But when Tibet crosses violent Brownie, Chiko finds himself in a dangerous situation. Everything he has risked his life for is at stake: his reputation, his status, and his friendship with Tibet.
Özgür Yildirim, born 1979 in Hamburg, published his first book already at the age of 14, a collection of short stories (Grey Nights). Between 2002 and 2004 he studied Film at the Hamburg Media School. His short film »Alim Market« (2004) was featured at several film festivals and was nominated for the Short Tiger Award at the Munich International Film Festival.
2004 »Alim Market« (Short)
2003 »Liebe auf Türkisch« (Love in Turkish) (Short)
2002 »Der nötige Schneid« (Under the Knife) (Short)
1999 »Don Juan de Türko« (Short)
1998 »Hartes Blut« (Hard Blood)
Denis Moschitto - Chiko
Volkan Özcan - Tibet
Moritz Bleibtreu - Brownie
Reyhan Sahin - Meryem
Fahri Ogün Yardim - Curly
Lilay Huser - Tibet's Mother
Philipp Baltus - Scholle
Hans Löw - Sascha
Lucas Gregorowicz - Tonton
Director: Özgür Yildirim
Scriptwriter: Özgür Yildirim
Producers: Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel
Cinematographer: Matthias Bolliger
Editor: Sebastian Thümler
Production Designer: Iris Trescher
A production of corazón international
In co-production with NDR (Jeanette Würl)
With support from Nordmedia, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, FFA, DFFF, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film
Format: 35mm Blow-Up / 24 / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital Surround Ex
Length: 92 Min.
Original Language: German, Turkish
Original laguage: Chiko