STRAIGHT IN CINE
Soon after ressuming the writing of screenplay in 2006 it became clear that Neukoelln ("New Cologne") presented the ideal location for STRAIGHT. The decision to shoot the film there not only altered the outlooks but also the plot of the film. Neukoelln soon began penetrating the story with its contradictory tales. The protagonists' inner conflicts, initially only superficially outlined, became the focus of the story and in Neukoelln we found true characteres to mirror these contradictions.
Nazim, a Turk, raised in Germany, finds himeself sexually and culturally torn apart between all chairs, the German-Polish Jana, who tries to build up a self-determined life far away from her catholic family background and the Jewish guy David who moved to the "ghetto" only for financial reasons: they all live in Neukoelln, where life just seemingly runs more straight than in other parts of the city.
STRAIGHT was shot without any subsidies or any other financial resources within 12 days in April and May 2007 in Berlin-Neukoelln. Since all the members of the cast and crew had to persue their regular activities the shooting was done at night and on weekends. All the props and the filming locations were provided free of charge by the sponsors.