In the mid 90’s, Asli meets Saeed. Asli’s first love changes her life forever – before shaking the whole world to the core.


When sharp science student Asli meets charismatic Saeed in the mid 90’s, it’s love at first sight. The lovers marry, and Asli swears to be true to Saeed and never betray his secrets. Their future looks bright, but as the twenty-first century dawns, Saeed makes a decision that will not only shatter Asli’s dreams, but shake the whole world to the core.


Anne Zohra Berrached was born 1982, in Erfurt, East Germany.
After she got her degree in social education, with a focus on psychology in Frankfurt, she worked as a drama teacher in London for two years. In 2009, she began to study directing at the Film Academy Baden- Württemberg. SAINT & WHORE, her first film at the academy, was screened at over 70 film festivals across the globe. Her first feature film TWO MOTHERS premiered at Berlinale in 2013. Her second feature 24WEEKS premiered at Berlinale as the only German film in Competition and was awarded with the German Film Award.



Asli: Canan Kir
Saeed: Roger Azar
Mutter Suleima: Darina Al Joundi
Fares: Nicolas Chaoui
Jaqui: Jana Julia Roth
Julia: Ceci Chuh
Karim: Aziz Dyab
Zeynep: Özay Fecht
Ebru: Zeynep Ada Kienast


Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
Screenplay: Stefanie Misrahi & Anne Zohra Berrached
Script Consulting: Oliver Schröm & Bernd Lange
Additional Script Text: Abdellah Taïa
Cinematography: Christopher Aoun
Editor: Denys Darahan
Music: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
Sound Design: Niklas Kammertöns (BVFT), Marc Fragstein
Sound: Sylvain Rémy, Uve Haußig
Production Designer: Janina Schimmelbauer
Costume: Melina Scappatura
Make-Up: Nica Faas, Vanessa Schneider
Assistant Directors: Inken Jansen, Ires Jung
Casting: Susanne Ritter, Abla Khoury
Production manager: Peter Herrmann


Producers Razor Film: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Christiane Sommer
Co-Producers Haut et Court: Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Julie Billy
Co-Producers Zero One Film: Thomas Kufus, Tobias Büchner, Melanie Berke

Supported by:

Deutschen Filmförderfonds (DFFF), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Eurimages, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (MBB), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH, CNC & MEDIA



Press & Sales

Festival PR:

Wolf Consultants

German Distributor:

Neue Visionen

French Distributor:

Haut et Court

UK Distributor:

Modern Films

World Sales:

Match Factory

Festival & Awards

World Premiere:

71st Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) – Panorama Section, 2021


Winner of the Lucca Film Festival 2021 in the categories Best Film of the Feature Film Competition, Best Feature Film by the student jury & also received the audience award.