The tales of a thousand and one lives

A film by Yilmaz Arslan, 2017

Genre: Drama

Languages: German, turkish, italian

Subtitles: French / English

Format: xxx

Sound: xxx

Running time : 90 min

Countriez: Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium

Year: 2017



The 12 years old OKTAY, is finally reunited with his parents after being under the guardianship of his grandmother in Turkey.
A story set in 1980’s Germany. A country where the social and cultural relief could not be further from his homeland.
Although OKTAY is facing life with a physical handicap, he will discover an unexpected world of love and friendship and share it with us till today.



Director: Yilmaz Arslan

Image: Jako Raybaut

Sound: Céline Bodson

Costumes: Carmen Di Pinto

Make-up: Jasmine Schmidt

Editing: Sophie Vercruysse


Cast :


Kagan Sommer, Taies Farzan, Hilmi Sözer, Katharina Thalbach, Larisa Faber, Germain Wagner, Nora Koening, Stefan Weinert


Produced by Tarantula (Luxembourg & Belgium), MaxMa Film UG.



Yılmaz Arslan was born in Kazanll, Turkey, but has lived in Germany since 1975. In 1992, at the age of just 24, he made his debut film, Langer Gang, for which he subsequently won many awards. By his second film, Yara (1999) (Filmclub Award at the 1999 Max Ophüls Festival), he was simultaneously carrying out the roles of director, writer and producer. The same is true of his 2005 film Fratricide (Silver Leopard at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival) coproduced by Tarantula and sold in 26 countries. Besides his activities of producer, screenwriter and director, he teaches cinema at Goethe Institut network in Europe and he’s part of the selection committee of the Medien-und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG). In 2016, he created a new production company: Film Maxma.