Kebab Connection

Kebab Connection

Deutschland 2004, Spielfilm


Kebab connection

Ibo, a chaotic but creative Turk from the Hamburg “hood”, idolizes Bruce Lee and wants to go down in history as the maker of the first German kung fu film. Since his ambition is rivalled only by his lack of experience, he has to begin on a small scale. He makes a commercial spot for his uncle Ahmet’s floundering döner joint, all the while trying to prove his skill at making martial arts films. His uncle hates the spot, but it is a huge success. The King of Kebab overflows with customers and Ibo is celebrated as the new Spielberg.

Ibo has just about digested this victory when his girlfriend Titzi tells him she is pregnant. In his confusion, he doesn’t react in the right way and she kicks him out. Worse still, his father Mehmet can’t stand the thought of the mother of Ibo’s child not being Turkish, so he throws him out of his beloved family home. Now his creativity is really called for. But he falls into a state of lethargy, and his second spot for his uncle is a catastrophe. Moreover, his uncle’s greatest rival, a Greek (!), wants Ibo to make a spot for his fast food place. But all Ibo wants is his old life back gain: his girlfriend Titzi, his father Mehmet – and maybe a call from Hollywood.

Producer Ralph Schwingel had the idea of filming an early story he heard from Fatih Akin ("Head On"). Anno Saul ("Green Desert") was hired to direct, and the result is this original Culture Clash comedy from a vibrant quarter in Hamburg.

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Anno Saul
Assistant director:Surk-ki Schrade
Screenplay:Fatih Akin, Ruth Toma, Jan Berger, Anno Saul
Story:Ralph Schwingel
Director of photography:Hannes Hubach
Assistant camera:Helmut van der Wielen
2nd Camera unit:Sebastian Meuschel
Lighting design:Niels Maier
Set design:Ulrika von Vegesack
Prop master:David Hoffmann, Christoph Birth
Make-up artist:Daniel Schröder
Costume design:Katrin Aschendorf
Editing:Tobias Haas
Sound design:Kai Storck
Sound:Andreas Wölki
Sound assistant:Georg Müller
Audio mixing:Richard Borowski
Choreographer:Emanuel Bettencourt
Special effects:Peter Wiemker
Stunt co-ordinator:Ronnie Paul
Casting:Ingeborg Molitoris, Deborah Congia
Music:Marcel Barsotti, Ulrich Kodjo Wendt (Titelmusik)
Emanuel BettencourtSilu
Numan AcarSchwertkämpfer
Güven KiraçMehmet
Hasan Ali MeteOnkel Ahmet
Kida Khodr RamadanÖzgür
Denis MoschittoIbo
Paul FaßnachtFilmproduzent
Phillip José SteinfattTyp auf der Straße
Andrea Paula PaulNadine
Badasar ColbiykMontana
Cem AkinAltan
Hakan OrbeyiKerem
Ernest Allan HausmannKiffer im Auto
Carmen RüterFilmstudentin
Ferhad KaraReporter
Adnan MaralKirianis
Tatjana VelimirovStella
Nursel KöseIbos Mutter Hatice
Romina FüttererIbos Schwester Ayla
Güven KiraçIbos Vater Mehmet
Nora TschirnerTitzi
Sibel KekilliBallerina "Die Italienerin"
Adam BousdoukosValid
Fahri YardimLefty
Jessica McIntyreKellnerin
Mišel Matičević
Sonja Potthast
Hilmi Sözer
Pheline RogganPunkerin
Production company:Wüste Filmproduktion (Hamburg)
in co-production with:Wüste Film West GmbH (Köln), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Creado Film AG & Co. KG (Konstanz)
Producer:Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Co-Producer:Hejo Emons, Dirk Hamm
Producer (TV):Michael André, Andreas Schreitmüller
Unit production manager:Ingrid Holzapfel
Location manager:Nina Hilzinger
Shoot:10.02.2004-25.03.2004: Hamburg
Original distributor:Universum Film GmbH (München)
Funding:FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:96 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby DTS
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 30.10.2004, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 21.04.2005;
TV-Erstsendung: 28.05.2007, Arte


Originaltitel (DE) Kebab Connection
Arbeitstitel Keb It Up!



Length:96 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby DTS
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 30.10.2004, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 21.04.2005;
TV-Erstsendung: 28.05.2007, Arte