In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town. Their business emerges well and both children get used to Germany. 10 years later the brothers fall in love with the same woman; they break tie with each other in anger and Gigi returns to Solino with his mother. A decade later both meet again and have a retrospect on their lives.
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, “Sensin – You’re The One !” (“Sensin – Du Bist Es!”), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, “Weed” (“Getuerkt”, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, “Short Sharp Shock” (“Kurz Und Schmerzlos”, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: “In July” (“Im Juli”, 2000), “Wir Haben Vergessen Zurueckzukehren” (2001), “Solino” (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards “Head-On” (“Gegen Die Wand”, 2003), and “Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul” (2005).