The Night of all Nights

- in post-production - 


Cinema Documentary, Germany 2017, 90’ & 52'

The film of Yasemin and Nesrin Samdereli portrays five couples from Germany, Turkey, India, USA and Brazil. All of them have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. Married couples who “made it” and accomplished something that today seems almost impossible: Staying together for a lifetime, in good times and in bad. When these people were “young” many rules of etiquette still existed that strongly dictated how “respectable” men and women were meant to behave. “Male and female” role models were clearly defined and breaking from the mold was hardly possible. While different in every society, the “rules” of proposing to a woman were often similarly “strict”. It was not possible to “just meet up”. Holding hands was considered scandalous. The wedding night was for most couples at that time the first sexual encounter with each other.

Our light-hearted and humorous Documentary goes deeply into the secrets of partnership and love. How can couples manage to stay together for a lifetime, when they hardly knew each other in the first place. What can we learn from them in a time where Facebook tells us almost everything from each other, even before the first date?

We also step back into those strange era, when our protagonist were young and when man and woman met and married almost anonymously. Award winning animation artist Izabela Plucinska will bring these times back to us thorugh her fantastic animations.

Written & directed by Yasemin & Nesrin Samdereli

DoP – Marcus Winterbauer

Editor – Mechthild Barth

Producers – Arne Birkenstock, Anja Karina Richter

Junior Producer – Merle Rueffer

A Fruitmarket Arts & Media and S2R production

In co-production with Rat Pack Filmproduction.

Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds

Distributed by CONCORDE Filmverleih.