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Ein Augenblick Freiheit (2008)

Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas.


Arash T. Riahi


Arash T. Riahi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Navid Navid ... Ali (as Navíd Akhavan)
Pourya Mahyari Pourya Mahyari ... Mehrdad
Elika Bozorgi ... Azy
Sina Saba Sina Saba ... Arman
Payam Madjlessi Payam Madjlessi ... Hassan
Behi Djanati Atai ... Lale
Kian Khalili Kian Khalili ... Kamran
Kamran Rad Kamran Rad ... Kian
Said Oveissi Said Oveissi ... Abbas
Fares Fares ... Manu
Ezgi Asaroglu ... Jasmin
Toufan Manoutcheri Toufan Manoutcheri ... Mother of Asy und Arman
Michael Niavarani Michael Niavarani ... Father of Asy und Arman
Soussan Azarin Soussan Azarin ... Grandmother
Muhammed Cangören Muhammed Cangören ... Grandfather


A film based on true stories about a group of refugees trying desperately to reach the holy land of freedom. A film about mankind's universal need to have dreams - and the courage to pursue these dreams, even though many of them dissolve into thin air. Stories of illusions and periods of uncertainty, of people with very different natures, sharing the same universal dream: at least a moment of freedom.

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Austria | France | Turkey


Turkish | English | Persian | Kurdish

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Anlik Özgürlük See more »

Filming Locations:

Ankara, Turkey See more »


Box Office


€3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arash T. Riahi began working on the script in 2000. Funds for development of the script were rejected back then. See more »


References Ladri di biciclette (1948) See more »


You Can Win If You Want
Music and Lyrics by Dieter Bohlen
Performed by Modern Talking
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Rare portrayal of Iranian refugees
4 October 2009 | by hanagomolakovaSee all my reviews

One of the rare films that is made only once in a while, a unique combination of human suffering under a dictatorial regime, hope to escape and live in freedom, struggle to remain courageous, meaning of family, desire to find love, but most of all, lack of understanding and desire of the world outside to help those who have managed to escape a cruel regime and their only desire is to live in freedom.

The story evolves around a family of an Iranian political activist, his young wife and their son, two children and two friends who are trying to take them to their parents already in Austria, and an older and younger man.

All these stories follow the same fate of refugees from Iran via the mountains to Ankara, Turkey, where they are waiting for a UN refugee status. While they wait they live at a filthy pension always beware of the Iranian secret police and trying to cling to their hope.

What distinguishes this film from others is the sensitive portrayal of the characters and the range of the things that drive them, wittingly knitted together by a plot that combines the most serious moments with those that make you smile, all time keeping the story believable.

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