Grain / Buğday

  • Grain - Weizen (German title)
Feature Film | 2014-2016 | Drama, Science Fiction | France, Germany, Turkey


  • GRAIN - WEIZEN - R: Semih Kaplanoglu - 2016


  • Trailer on Vimeo

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 / Speaker
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 SteffenProf. Ekrem Aktolga [SR]
Hoji FortunaAlexandre [SR]


Accounting Dept.production controller Claudia Coreen KaiserC. Kaiser
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyGiles Nuttgens
Camera Department1st assistant camera Ansgar KrajewskiArri LT / Master Anamorph 2x / B&W
Camera Department2nd ac second assistant camera Altan Özcan+Loader / 35mm BW / MasterAna
Camera Departmentcamera trainee Kathrin Thieledeutscher Teil
Castingcasting directorBeatrice Kruger
Costume Departmentcostume designerEsin Nazli Cinar
Director's DepartmentdirectorSemih Kaplanoğlu
Director's Department1st assistant director Florian Engelhardt1st AD
Director's Department2nd2nd resp. 3rd AD Dennis EichhofDeutschland

Distributing companies

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


Department CompanyComment
In Front of the CameraExtras/Bit Player Agentur Eick, Eick & Weber GbRKomparsen NRW
ProductionProduction ServicesAWG Mediendienstleistungen UG (hb)
ProductionProduction Services Hermann Koenen Party- und Catering-ServiceCatering
ProductionProduction Services JOLA-RentBasis Mobile D
ProductionTransportation, Travel and Accomodation Upper Level Travel GmbH
Production DesignCostumes PATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment
Production DesignDecoration fake - filmconstruction GmbHNRW
Production DesignDecoration GRAFIKWERKGrafik / Digitaldruck
Production DesignVehicles and aircrafts Mannis-GarageSpielfahrzeuge - Deutschland
Production DesignVideo/Computer Playback Monitoranimation


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