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.

(source: the-match-factory.com)

Cast

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

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Production controllerClaudia Coreen Kaiser
C. Kaiser
C. Kaiser
1st ADFlorian Engelhardt
2nd AD KeyUlas Parlakyildiz
2nd AD KeyBarbaros Gokdemir
3rd AD FloorDamla Kırkalı
Vfx supervisorFrank Schlegel
Set Supervision
Set Supervision
3d artistDavid Salamon
LIDAR - POINTCLOUD9
LIDAR - POINTCLOUD9
Director of photographyGiles Nuttgens
Steadicam operatorRobert Patzelt
1st assistant cameraAnsgar Krajewski
Arri LT / Master Anamorph 2x / B&W
Arri LT / Master Anamorph 2x / B&W
2nd assistant cameraAltan Özcan
+Loader / 35mm BW / MasterAna
+Loader / 35mm BW / MasterAna
Camera traineeKathrin Thiele
deutscher Teil
deutscher Teil
Casting directorBeatrice Kruger
Costume designerEsin Nazli Cinar
DirectorSemih Kaplanoğlu
2nd AD crowd (local system)Dennis Eichhof
GER
GER
EditorAyhan Ergürsel
EditorS. Hande Güneri
Key gripBernd Mayer
GripFrancisco Ochoa-Wagner
Germany
Germany
GafferGrube Venn
nur Deutscher Teil
nur Deutscher Teil
Best boyMatthias Bäumer
Lighting technician / electricianStefan Grabner
NRW
NRW
Lighting technician / electricianJacob Pertz
Deutscher Teil
Deutscher Teil
Additional electricianVerena Schulte
Rigging Crew
Rigging Crew
Additional electricianPatrick Kohlmeier
Rigging Crew
Rigging Crew
Lighting assistantTobias Schild
Deutscher Teil
Deutscher Teil
Makeup artist / hair stylistThorsten Esser
den deutschen Part betreut
den deutschen Part betreut
ComposerMustafa Biber
ProducerNadir Öperli
ProducerSemih Kaplanoğlu
Co-producerMichel Zana
Co-producerJessica Ask
Co-producerJohannes Rexin
Co-producerOlivier Père
Co-producerFredrik Zander
Co-producerBettina Brokemper
Production designerNaz Erayda
Art directorThorsten Sabel
Set decoratorKatja Schlömer
Deutschland
Deutschland
Art department assistantKatia Kandziora
Deutschland
Deutschland
Prop masterPeter Bolewski
Deutschland
Deutschland
Set dresserBarbara Hartwich
NRW
NRW
Location scoutRüdiger Jordan
Set builderOlaf Beckert
Deutscher Teil
Deutscher Teil
Stand by set builderOliver Koch [1]
Scenic painterGabriele Winzen
head-pt.
head-pt.
Graphic artistMichael Gronendahl
Graphic Design
Graphic Design
Line producerSascha Verhey
Line producerMike S. Ryan
Production managerEdgar Cox
Germany
Germany
Production coordinatorMaria Haase
Unit managerLaura Einmahl
deutscher Teil
deutscher Teil
Location manager (local system)David Hils
Location Manager Germany
Location Manager Germany
Set manager/ floor managerSven Rosenkranz
Assistant set/floor managerJan Jouaux
Deutschlandteil
Deutschlandteil
Set runnerMelanie Weber [2]
Production driverErik Merten
Dreh NRW
Dreh NRW
Production driverMarcus Koszczol
Production driverVolker Kaiser
ScreenwriterLeyla Ipekci
ScreenwriterSemih Kaplanoğlu
Script readerVera Richter
für Medienboard BB
für Medienboard BB
Script translatorMax Limper
Production sound mixerJörg Kidrowski
Film: English, Set: English/Turkish
Film: English, Set: English/Turkish
Boom operatorRobin Hörrmann
Türkei, Deutschland
Türkei, Deutschland
Stunt coordinatorMichael Mohr
Stuntman/womanNikolai Mohr

Production companies

CompanyComment
Kaplan Film [tr]
Heimatfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
coproduction
coproduction
Edisen Germany GmbH (vormals Chimney GmbH)
coproduction
coproduction
Sophie Dulac Productions [fr]
coproduction
coproduction
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen [de]
participation
participation
Arte [de/fr]
participation
participation

Distributing companies

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

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
Extras/Bit PlayerAgentur Eick, Eick & Weber GbR
Komparsen NRW
Komparsen NRW
StuntsMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Production ServicesAWG Mediendienstleistungen UG (hb)
Production ServicesHermann Koenen Party- und Catering-Service
Catering
Catering
Production ServicesJOLA-Rent
Basis Mobile D
Basis Mobile D
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationFilmservice Andermann
LKW-Umsetzungen
LKW-Umsetzungen
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbH
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbH
Kostümequipment
Kostümequipment
Decorationfake - filmconstruction GmbH
NRW
NRW
DecorationGRAFIKWERK
Grafik / Digitaldruck
Grafik / Digitaldruck
Vehicles and aircraftsMannis-Garage
Spielfahrzeuge - Deutschland
Spielfahrzeuge - Deutschland
Video/Computer PlaybackMonitoranimation
Sound (Postproduction)logoSynchron GmbH [de]
Deutsche Fassung
Deutsche Fassung
Subtitles / Audio descriptionAudioskript
AD+SDH
AD+SDH

Awards

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

TV-broadcast

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

Cinema

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