What goes on behind the doors of the Ausländerbehörde is worthy of attention. But (please) not the kind of attention that aims to please and just disappoints. Teaching 300 words of German to Turkish brides ‘imported’ for arranged marriages, German-educated and enlightened Lela (Ferydoni) finds herself caught between conservative family traditions and the hot young assistant/nephew of a local commissioner. What will it be: integrity or integration? Not too many new answers here – and only a few laughs to lighten the load.
300 Worte Deutsch | Directed by Züli Aladag (Germany 2014) with Christoph Maria Herbst, Pegah Ferydoni, Christoph Letkowski. Starts February 5
Originally published in issue #135, February 2015