16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024

Exile never ends

Bahar Bektaş

Because of a threat of deportation after serving his prison sentence, Taner applies for an early transfer to Turkey. How does that affect his parents and siblings, who came to Germany as Kurdish-Alvi refugees 30 years ago? And what prospects await Taner in Turkey? Exile never ends is an impressive and intimate portrait of director Bahar Bektaş’ family that tells the story of an ongoing uprooting.

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Direction Bahar Bektaş
Country Germany
Year 2024
Duration 100 min
Language German, Turkish with German subtitles
Production Antonia Kilian
Camera Antonia Kilian, Meret Madörin
Script Bahar Bektaş, Tobias Carlsberg
Editing Arash Asadi
Sound Lara Milena Brose

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About the Director

Bahar Bektaş was born in Turkey and came to Germany with her family when she was nine years old. She studied Social Education as well as screen writing and sramaturgy at Film University Babelsberg. Her directorial debut Exile Never Ends was funded by HessenFilm & Medien.

Press Reviews

"A family in a permanent state of emergency. We see them struggling for a normal life between the conflicting priorities of past and future, integration and the preservation of their own cultural identity. The cohesion of the family is just as unstable as the concept of home. An initially fragmentary narrative of hints and omissions impressively coalesces into an intimate and powerful portrait. Director Bahar Bektaş makes us painfully aware: EXILE NEVER ENDS." (Jury statement Filmfestival Max Ophüls)

The Director About the Film

“Exile means to leave home. For my family, it meant that the feeling of not having arrived never stopped. The longing for one’s home does not stop. It is something that shapes you the second you leave or have to flee.” (Bahar Bektaş in an interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur)



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