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Im Totem Winkel

Im Totem Winkel

Original name: Im Totem Winkel
English name: In the Blind Spot
Year: 2023
Run time: 117 Min
Language: Turkish, German, English, Kurdish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany
Director: Ayşe Polat
Producers: Mehmet Aktaş, Ayşe Polat
cast: Ahmet Varlı, Çağla Yurga, Nihan Okutucu, Tudan Ürper, Katja Bürkle
Screenplay: Ayşe Polat
Cinematographer: Patrick Orth
Editor: Serhad Mutlu, Jörg Volkmar
Sound Designer: Johannes Grehl, Jürgen Funk
Music Composer: Martin Rott, Matthias Wolf
Production Company: Mitosfilm
World Sales: Arthood


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Istanbul IFF 2023
  • Oldenburg IFF 2023
  • Hong Kong Asian FF 2023
  • Singapore IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2016 The Others (Documentary)
  • 2013 The Heiress
  • 2009 Luks Glück
  • 2003 En Garde
  • 1999 Tour Aboard

Director's Biography:

Ayşe Polat

The German-Kurdish director, screenwriter and producer Ayşe Polat was born in Malatya, Turkey and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. After numerous internationally award-winning short films, she made her first feature film in 1999, titled Tour Aboard. En Garde followed in 2003, which won two Silver Leopards for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno IFF 2004. In 2009 she shot the comedy Luks Glück followed by The Heiress in 2013 and the documentary The Others in 2016. She has directed several TV-movies and is currently working on her new feature film.


A German film team is shooting a documentary in northeastern Turkey. In a remote Kurdish village, they witness an elderly woman performing a recurring ritual to keep the memory of her missing son alive. The Kurdish translator of the German crew is also the nanny of Melek, a 7 year-old Turkish girl. Her father, Zafer, works for a sinister organisation and is caught between loyalty to them and fear for his family's well-being when his daughter appears to be haunted by a mysterious force. The fateful encounter of these people develops a destructive power.