40 Quadratmeter Deutschland

40 qm Deutschland (English: 40 Square Meters of Germany) is a 1986 West German film directed by Tevfik Başer, who helped both with the script and the production. The film won several awards making it one of the most significant German movies of 1986.[1]

40 qm Deutschland
Directed byTevfik Başer
Produced byTevfik Başer
Written byTevfik Başer
Music byClaus Bantzer
Cinematographyİzzet Akay
Edited byRenate Merck
Release date
  • 31 July 1986 (1986-07-31)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryWest Germany


40 qm Deutschland was first released on 31 July 1986. The shooting of the movie took 21 days, but the following editing seven weeks. With only 450,000 DM (c. US$280,000) spent on its output, it was a low-budget production. The only setting is a 40 m2 apartment in an old building in Hamburg. Başer, who was chasing a vision he had been fostering for some time, procured the production, the script, the direction, the crew and the stage almost all by himself. The church musician Claus Banzer ended up being in charge of the music, Izzet Akay was trusted with the camera and the lead actress Özay Fecht was already known as a jazz singer. Six months prior to the premiere, Baser explained his reasons for the project to the Frankfurter Rundschau:[1]

I want to try to show and clarify some of the thoughts and feelings of people who belong to a foreign culture, about which I criticize some parts but which I also understand because of its tradition. I want the Germans to get to know us, because the unknown is scary and produces hate, as you can see based on the demonstrations against the Turks. Because of that I show the circumstances of the foreign workers in Germany based on this example without even leaving the apartment.


  1. ^ a b "Von "40 qm Deutschland" zu "40 qm Istanbul" - filmportal.de". www.filmportal.de.

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