Archive of films A Fine Day / Der schöne Tag

2000, 74 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2001


Deniz is twenty-one. She lives in Berlin and works dubbing films. Her dream is to become a real actress and not only continually lend her voice to another’s face. She is demanding of herself and of those around her, and has big plans which she longs to fulfil. Her relationship with her boyfriend Jan is quite unsatisfying. It’s a summer morn and Deniz knows that today she must make a serious decision. After work, where she is helping to dub Rohmer’s Summer, Deniz has arranged to meet Jan. They meet at a café and then go for a walk. Deniz tells Jan that it’s over. She then meets various people: in the under-ground she sees Diego and also has a short love affair, knowing that the next day it will have vanished without leaving the slightest trace of meaning. Just an ordinary day in her life. . . . A new day begins and Deniz again sets out to look for what she hasn’t yet been able to find. . . .

About the director

Thomas Arslan (b. 1962, Braunschweig, Germany) lived in Essen (1963 - 67), then in Ankara where he finished primary school. In 1972 he returned to Essen where he graduated from secondary school. After basic military training he was accepted to university in Munich in German Studies but after only two semesters transferred to the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (1986 - 1992). He has made the short films Eine Nacht, ein Morgen (1984), Test (1986), Risse (1989), 19 Porträts (1990), Am Rand (1991), Im Sommer – die sichtbare Welt (1992), and the feature films Mach die Musik leiser (1994) and Geschwister – Kardesler (1996). His feature Dealer (1998) was screened at the IFF in Berlin and Karlovy Vary.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Thomas Arslan
Screenplay: Thomas Arslan
Dir. of Photography: Michael Wiesweg
Music: Selda Kaya, Morton Feldman, Saul Williams
Editor: Bettina Blickwede
Producer: Martin Hagemann, Thomas Arslan
Production: Zero film GmBh
Cast: Serpil Turhan, Bilge Bingül, Florian Stetter, Selda Kaya, Hafize Üner, Hanns Zischler, Elke Schmitter

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