Kebab for Breakfast

by Bora Dagtekin

How to survive on an island with a mega-macho.

Raised by a love-yourself-love-everyone-else therapist mother, Lena not surprisingly has limited tolerance for her mother's tactics in finding a man. And she has even less tolerance for big, loud, ill-mannered, wisecracking proletarians with medieval views on women. So what could be worse for Lena than sitting on the seat next to the man of her nightmares, Cem, on a long, long flight to Thailand? She and her mother are going on vacation, as is the Öztürk family, consisting of the insufferable Cem, his conservative, devout sister Yagmur and their dad Metin. When their plane crashes somewhere in the Indian Ocean, everyone is rescued – except for Lena, Cem, Yagmur and a stuttering young Greek, who are washed up on a lonely island. This gives Cem the opportunity to show his leadership skills, which amount to telling the others what to do. But he's on collision course with Lena, who will have none of this. As the days go by, the sparks fly between Cem and Lena, most igniting explosions of hostility, but others triggering something like affection, and even love. As to what's going on between Lena's mother and Cem's father on the mainland, well, that's another story...

Genre / Language / Length
Comedy / German / 95 minutes
Original title
Türkisch für Anfänger
directed by
Bora Dagtekin
produced by
Rat Pack Filmproduktion in co-production with ARDDegeto, BR, WDR, NDR, Panda Plus, Bluverde F.V.T.and Constantin Film Produktion
  • Josefine Preuß (EMERALD GREEN)
  • Elyas M'Barek (THE COLLINI CASE)
  • Anna Stieblich
  • Adnan Maral (UNKNOWN IDENTITY)
  • Pegah Ferydoni (WOMEN WITHOUT MEN)