Archive of films Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing... / Deine Schönheit ist nichts wert...

2012, 85 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2012

Twelve-year-old dreamer Veysel, who left Turkey with his parents to make a home in Vienna, falls in love for the first time. Talented debutant Hüseyin Tabak skilfully draws on the contrast between the idyllic notions that fill the boy’s head and the difficult living conditions within an immigrant community constantly under threat of deportation. Abdulkadir Tuncer (Kuma) is superb in the leading role.


Twelve-year-old Veysel, who came to Vienna from Turkey with his parents, feels like a stranger in his new country. At school he doesn’t understand the language, and at home his family is on the verge of crisis. The only bright spot on Veysel’s horizon is his great love Ana, a classmate who knows nothing of his feelings. A neighbor named Cem, a kindhearted macho man with a complicated love life, helps the boy navigate between dream and reality. An exceptional talent of Austrian film, Hüseyin Tabak skillfully employs the contrast between the boy’s romantic-idyllic imagination and the stressful conditions in an immigrant community forced to live under the constant threat of deportation. The film’s title refers to a work by Turkish poet Asik Veysel, whose melancholy songs are beloved by his many compatriots spread throughout Europe. For the shy young outsider, a German translation of one of his poems represents more than a chance to make it in school; it may also help spark his beloved Ana’s interest. Abdulkadir Tuncer is outstanding in the lead role.

About the director

Hüseyin Tabak (b. 1981, Lemgo, Germany) is a German Kurd, the son of two migrant workers from Turkey. In 2003-2006 he worked in Hamburg on more than 20 feature films, starting out as a set intern, later working as everything from driver to assistant director. During this period he shot more than a dozen short films of his own. In 2006-2012 he studied directing and screenwriting with Michael Haneke and Peter Patzak at the Vienna Film Academy. His short film Cheeese… (2008) made the rounds of more than 60 festivals, winning 15 awards. In 2011 Tabak was awarded "for exemplary work and artistic values” from the Vienna Film Academy. The feature Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing… is his graduation project.


Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Bergsteiggasse 36, 1170, Vienna
Tel: +43 142 710 11
Fax: +43 142 710 50

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Hüseyin Tabak
Screenplay: Hüseyin Tabak
Dir. of Photography: Lukas Gnaiger
Music: Judit Varga
Editor: Christoph Loidl
Producer: Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Milan Dor, Hüseyin Tabak
Production: Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Cast: Abdulkadir Tuncer, Nazmi Kirik, Lale Yavas, Orhan Yildrim, Yüsa Durak, Milica Paucic
Contact: Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H.


Hüseyin Tabak

Film Director

Danny Krausz


Milan Dor


Orhan Yildirim


Lale Yavas


Abdulkadir Tuncer


Susi Stach


Magdalena Kronschläger


Yüsa Durak


Judit Varga

Film Crew

Lukas Gnaiger

Director of Photography

Christoph Loidl

Film Editor

Vedran Kos

Film Crew

Paul Schober


Jo Berger

Film Crew

Thomas Maier

Director of Photography

Steven Swirko

Film Crew


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