Oray wants to be a good Muslim and do the right things for his community. But the reality is not always black and white and he is forced to face it. During the separation from his wife, he is torn between love and his beliefs.


Oray strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity.

'The winner of the Berlinale's Best First Feature Award is a powerful film about Muslim communities in Europe, with the fantastic Zejhun Demirov in the title role'

"Demirov has a potent screen presence, holding nothing back in a wrenching performance..."
The Hollywood Reporter


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Director: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Genre: Drama
Original title: ORAY
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2019
Length: 100 min
Color: color
Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: 2K Flat (1.85:1) 1998x1080; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: German, Turkish, Romany
Subtitles: English
Cast: Zejhun Demirov, Cem Göktaş, Deniz Orta, Faris Yüzbaşıoğlu

Scriptwriter: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Director of photography: Christian Kochmann
Production designer: Jeannette Bastisch
Editor: Denys Darahan
Sound design: Armin Badde
Sound mixing: Henning Hein
Producers: Bastian Klügel & Claus Reichel
Co-producers: Christian Cloos, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay
Production company: filmfaust Filmproduktion
Co-production company: ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel & Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Supported by: ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Film-und Medienstiftung NRW

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Festivals / Awards

First Steps Award – Götz George Young Talent Award
Berlinale, Germany – Best First Feature Award
Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey
Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland, Germany
Lichter Filmfest, Germany
Festival del Cinema Europeo, Italy – Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film”
Ankara FF, Turkey
Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Austria – Special Mention – Main Actor Zejhun Demirov
Construir Cine Film Festival, Argentina – Special Mention
Neiße FF, Germany
Seattle IFF, USA
Provincetown IFF, USA
Motovun Film Festival, Croatia
German Film Week, USA
Raindance IFF, UK
German Film Week, Lebanon
Almaty IFF, Kazakhstan
Festival de Cinéma Allemand  Paris, France
Ravac IFF, Moldovia
Ulaanbaatar IFF, Mongolia
Filmplus Festival 2019, Germany - Best Editing
Berlinale Special Festival, Croatia
Valladolid IFF, Spain
Al Este Lima, Argentina
Geneva IFF, Switzerland
Universine Allemand, France
Augenblick FF, France - Main Jury Prize
Cork IFF, Ireland
CINEDAYS Festival of European Film, Macedonia - Best Director and Outstanding Lead Actor Awards
German Film Festival, Singapore
Heimspiel Filmfest, Germany
Rabat IFF, Morocco
Goa IFF, India
Ayvalik Film Festival, Turkey
IFF of Kerala, India
Arthouse Asian FF Kolkota, India
Festival Premiere Plans d´Angers, France - Grand Jury Prize
Göteborg FF, Sweden
International Film Weekend Würzburg, Germany
Forum des Images, France
Bengaluru IFF, India
Festival International du Film de Mons, Belgium - Grand Prize, Acting Prize Cineuropa Prize
Vannes European FF, France 
Europe on Screen FF, Singapure
Goethe Institute London, UK
Festival d´Laube, Switzerland





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