Brief synopsis

What is it that the two men are after in Dead Lands in an indefinite near future?

The global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones in areas where the climate is relatively good. These cities are populated by the elites, corporation's executives, scientists, and those multi-ethnic immigrants who have been admitted after passing genetic compatibility tests.

The immigrant masses struggle with hunger and epidemics. Professor Erol Erin (55), a seed genetics specialist, lives in a city protected from them by sophisticated armed forces and magnetic walls. For unknown reasons, the city's agricultural plantations have been hit by a genetic crisis - and, as a result, by massive crop failure.

In a meeting at the headquarters of the corporation which employs him, Erol learns of Cemil Akman (40), a fellow scientist. Apparently, Cemil wrote a thesis about the recurrent crisis affecting genetically modified seeds - but the work was banned by the corporation. Erol sets out to find Cemil and learn more about the thesis. He discovers that, after losing his wife and all of his scientific research in a suspicious fire, Cemil left the city and moved to Dead Lands, an almost uninhabitable place poisoned by chemical waste. Together with his assistant Andrei (30), Erol illegally crosses the magnetic walls in search of Cemil.

Erol finds Cemil, who is searching for the remains of "life" in Dead Lands. But Cemil believes Erol will not survive the journey, nor be able to handle the truth he will find.



ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Jean-Marc BarrErol [L]
Ermin BravoCemil [L]
Grigory DobryginAndrei [L]
Lubna AzabalBeatrice [L]
Cristina FluturAlice [SR]
Mila Böhning
Tara [SR]
Nike Maria VassilProf. Asli Yurtcu [SR]
Hal YamanouchiLeon [SR]
Rainer Steffen
Prof. Ekrem Aktolga [SR]
Hoji FortunaAlexandre [SR]
Garrett ThierryRiot Guard [SR]
Heinz LievenClark (englischsprachig) [SR]
Uygar TamerKaan [SR]
Johny MathewRebell [BP]


Production controllerClaudia Coreen KaiserC. Kaiser
1st ADFlorian Engelhardt
2nd AD KeyBarbaros Gokdemir
2nd AD KeyUlas Parlakyildiz
3rd AD FloorDamla Kirkali
Vfx supervisorFrank SchlegelSet Supervision
3d artistDavid SalamonLIDAR - POINTCLOUD9
Director of photographyGiles Nuttgens
Steadicam operatorRobert Patzelt
1st assistant cameraAnsgar KrajewskiArri LT / Master Anamorph 2x / B&W
2nd assistant cameraAltan Özcan+Loader / 35mm BW / MasterAna
Camera traineeKathrin Thieledeutscher Teil
Casting directorBeatrice Kruger
Costume designerEsin Nazli Cinar
DirectorSemih Kaplanoğlu
2nd AD crowd (local system)Dennis EichhofGER
EditorAyhan Ergürsel
EditorS. Hande Güneri
Key/dolly gripBernd Mayer
Grip assistantFrancisco Ochoa-WagnerGermany
GafferGrube Vennnur Deutscher Teil
Best boyMatthias Bäumer
Lighting technician / electricianJacob PertzDeutscher Teil
Lighting technician / electricianStefan GrabnerNRW
Additional electricianVerena SchulteRigging Crew
Additional electricianPatrick KohlmeierRigging Crew
Lighting assistantTobias SchildDeutscher Teil
Makeup artist / hair stylistThorsten Esserden deutschen Part betreut
ProducerSemih Kaplanoğlu
ProducerNadir Öperli
Co-producerJohannes Rexin
Co-producerJessica Ask
Co-producerBettina Brokemper
Co-producerOlivier Père
Co-producerMichel Zana
Co-producerFredrik Zander
Production designerNaz Erayda
Art directorThorsten Sabel
Set decoratorKatja SchlömerDeutschland
Assistant set decoratorKatia KandzioraDeutschland
Prop masterPeter BolewskiDeutschland
Set dresserBarbara HartwichNRW
Location scoutRüdiger Jordan
Set builderOlaf BeckertDeutscher Teil
Stand by set builderOliver Koch [1]
Scenic painterGabriele Winzenhead-pt.
Graphic artistMichael GronendahlGraphic Design
Line producerMike S. Ryan
Line producerSascha Verhey
Unit production managerEdgar CoxGermany
Production coordinatorMaria Haase
Unit managerLaura Einmahldeutscher Teil
Location managerDavid HilsLocation Manager Germany
Set manager/ floor managerSven Rosenkranz
Assistant set/floor managerJan JouauxDeutschlandteil
Set runnerMelanie Weber [2]
Production driverVolker Kaiser
Production driverErik MertenDreh NRW
Production driverMarcus Koszczol
ScreenwriterSemih Kaplanoğlu
Script readerVera Richterfür Medienboard BB
Script translatorMax Limper
Production sound mixerJörg KidrowskiFilm: English, Set: English/Turkish
Boom operatorRobin HörrmannTürkei, Deutschland
Stuntman/womanNikolai Mohr

Distributing companies

Piffl Medien GmbH [de]
The Match Factory GmbH [de]Weltvertrieb


Extras/Bit PlayerAgentur Eick, Eick & Weber GbRKomparsen NRW
StuntsMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Production ServicesAWG Mediendienstleistungen UG (hb)
Production ServicesHermann Koenen Party- und Catering-ServiceCatering
Production ServicesJOLA-RentBasis Mobile D
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationFilmservice AndermannLKW-Umsetzungen
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbH
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment
Decorationfake - filmconstruction GmbHNRW
DecorationGRAFIKWERKGrafik / Digitaldruck
Vehicles and aircraftsMannis-GarageSpielfahrzeuge - Deutschland
Video/Computer PlaybackMonitoranimation
Sound (Postproduction)logoSynchron GmbHDeutsche Fassung
Subtitles / Audio descriptionAudioskriptAD+SDH


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Semih Kaplanoğlu2017Filmfestival CologneLookNominated
Semih Kaplanoğlu2017Sarajevo Film Festival [ba]Opening FilmNominated
Semih Kaplanoğlu2017Tokyo Int'l Film Festival [jp]Tokyo Grand PrixWinner
Semih Kaplanoğlu2017Tokyo Int'l Film Festival [jp]Governor of Tokyo AwardWinner


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 26/04/2018