New England Premiere
Everyday (Alltag) tells the story of a tough neighborhood nicknamed Little Istanbul for its large Turkish immigrant population in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Veit manages a small laundromat in the neighborhood. He has a sister who helps him out financially, a drug-addicted brother, a mentally ill mother, and a beautiful Turkish neighbor, Aliyah, who is engaged to a Turkish man. A deadly competition develops between Veit and Aliyah's fiancé, culminating in a brutal fight on a subway platform.
Celik, a former graffiti sprayer and youth gang member himself from Little
Istanbul, has gained a reputation as the Spike
Lee of his time and place with this debut film.
"Alltag does not seem like the work of an amateur.
It is a rough story that takes place in a rough neighborhood, centering on a
deadly competition between two men, one German, one Turk, for the love of a
beautiful Turkish woman. But Neco Celik is not interested in a storybook ethnic
conflict. In Alltag there is only one culture, the desperation-tinged
youth culture of Kreuzberg itself, and while that may not exactly corresond to
real life, it is Kreuzberg’s separateness from the rest of the Germany, and
not the separateness of those who live within the district, that Neco Celik
wanted to depict." (New York Times)
About the Director: Neco Celik
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