Oray

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    Oray

    Directed by

    Germany

    2019

    100 min

    • German
    • Turkish
    • Romani

    Drama

    Oray strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity.

    Awards

    • First Steps Award – Götz George Young Talent Award
    • Best First Feature Award - Berlinale

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Zejhun Demirov
    Cem Göktaş
    Deniz Orta
    Faris Yüzbaşıoğlu
    Screenplay
    Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
    Cinematography
    Christian Kochmann
    Editing
    Denys Darahan
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM
    Production
    FILMFAUST FILMPRODUKTION

    Press

    The winner of the Berlinale's Best First Feature Award is a powerful film about Muslim communities in Europe, with the fantastic Zejhun Demirov in the title role.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    A complex consideration of the tricky byways of devout faith, driven by a powerful central performance.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

    Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

    Germany

    Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay was born in 1987 in Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, Germany. He grew up in the German city of Hagen. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with a focus on film and literature and is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. He currently lives and works in Cologne.
    His previous works include VOR DEM TOR DES IJTIHAD (2013) and EVEN IF (2016). His film ORAY (2019) won Best First Feature Award at Berlin IFF.