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A Feature film by Semih Kaplanoglu

Release in France : 10/10/2018


    What is it that the two men are after in Dead Lands in an indefinite near future?
    The global corporations have established cities and agricultural zones in areas where the climate is relatively good. These cities are populated by the elites, corporation's executives, scientists, and those multi-ethnic immigrants who have been admitted after passing genetic compatibility tests.
    The immigrant masses struggle with hunger and epidemics. Professor Erol Erin (55), a seed genetics specialist, lives in a city protected from them by sophisticated armed forces and magnetic walls. For unknown reasons, the city's agricultural plantations have been hit by a genetic crisis - and, as a result, by massive crop failure.
    In a meeting at the headquarters of the corporation which employs him, Erol learns of Cemil Akman (40), a fellow scientist. Apparently, Cemil wrote a thesis about the recurrent crisis affecting genetically modified seeds - but the work was banned by the corporation. Erol sets out to find Cemil and learn more about the thesis. He discovers that, after losing his wife and all of his scientific research in a suspicious fire, Cemil left the city and moved to Dead Lands, an almost uninhabitable place poisoned by chemical waste. Together with his assistant Andrei (30), Erol illegally crosses the magnetic walls in search of Cemil.
    Erol finds Cemil, who is searching for the remains of "life" in Dead Lands. But Cemil believes Erol will not survive the journey, nor be able to handle the truth he will find.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Dulac Productions, Arte France Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Match Factory

    Foreign production companies :

    Kaplan Film, Heimatfilm, The Chimney Pot, Galata Film

    French distribution :

    Dulac Distribution

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    Full credits (12)

    Associate Producer :

    Rémi Burah

    Foreign producers :

    Johannes Rexin, Fredrik Zander, Bettina Brokemper, Semih Kaplanoglu, Nadir Operli

    Director of Photography :

    Giles Nuttgens

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Sound editors :

    Cenker Kökten, Rainer Heesch, Tobias Fleig

    Music Composer :

    Mustafa Biber

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Science fiction , Drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Turkey , Germany, France, Sweden

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Turkey , Germany, France, Sweden)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 8 min

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    Black & White

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