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    Feature Film | 2014-2017 | Drama, Science Fiction | France, Germany, Turkey

    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 AzabalBéatrice [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 KeyUlas Parlakyildiz
    2nd AD KeyBarbaros Gokdemir
    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 electricianPatrick KohlmeierRigging Crew
    Additional electricianVerena SchulteRigging Crew
    Lighting assistantTobias SchildDeutscher Teil
    Makeup artist / hair stylistThorsten Esserden deutschen Part betreut
    ComposerMustafa Biber
    ProducerSemih Kaplanoğlu
    ProducerNadir Öperli
    Co-producerJohannes Rexin
    Co-producerOlivier Père
    Co-producerJessica Ask
    Co-producerMichel Zana
    Co-producerBettina Brokemper
    Co-producerFredrik Zander
    Production designerNaz Erayda
    Art directorThorsten Sabel
    Set decoratorKatja SchlömerDeutschland
    Art department assistantKatia 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 producerSascha Verhey
    Line producerMike S. Ryan
    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
    ScreenwriterLeyla Ipekci
    Script readerVera Richterfür Medienboard BB
    Script translatorMax Limper
    Production sound mixerJörg KidrowskiFilm: English, Set: English/Turkish
    Boom operatorRobin HörrmannTürkei, Deutschland
    Stunt coordinatorMichael Mohr
    Stuntman/womanNikolai Mohr

    Production companies

    Kaplan Film [tr]
    Heimatfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]coproduction
    Chimney GmbHcoproduction
    Sophie Dulac Production-Distribution [fr]coproduction
    ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [de]participation
    Arte [de/fr]participation

    Distributing companies

    Piffl Medien GmbH [de]Germany (theatrical)
    Sophie Dulac Production-Distribution [fr]France (theatrical)
    The Match Factory GmbH [de]International Sales


    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 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
    Semih Kaplanoğlu2017Filmfestival CologneLookNominated


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    First showingGermanyarteWednesday, 16/12/2020, 10.35 PM


    Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 10/10/2018
    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 26/04/2018