Three Quarter Moon

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Three Quarter Moon


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Directed by Christian Zübert
Produced by Dieter Ulrich Aselmann
Robert Marciniak
Written by Christian Zübert
Starring Elmar Wepper
Mercan Türkoğlu
Ivan Anderson
Özay Fecht
Katja Rupé
Music by Annette Focks
Cinematography Jana Marsik
Edited by Mona Bräuer
Release date
  • October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Three Quarter Moon (German : Dreiviertelmond) is a 2011 film based on an idea from Christian Zübert's wife İpek. They evolved the plot together.

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

İpek is a common feminine Turkish given name. In Turkish, "İpek" means "Silk".



Taxi driver Hartmut Mackowiak (Elmar Wepper) is a seasoned man who has grown fond of firm habits and attitudes as it is not unusual for a man of his age. He shows no other ambitions than to do his job properly and to speak his mind. Mackowiak is no family man because his wife Christa (Katja Rupé) abandoned him and now he lives alone. One day a Turkish business woman becomes his passenger when she visits her mother in Nuremberg. She has her six-year-old daughter Hayat (Mercan Türkoğlu) with her because the child is supposed to get to know her grandmother (Özay Fecht) who lives in Germany. Mackowiak makes an impression on Hayat who is soon after left in grandmother's care while Hayat's mother goes abroad. Unfortunately grandmother is no longer up to the task of caring for a little child. Hayat feels that she is on her own when her grandmother suffers a stroke. Wondering to whom she could turn, the grumpy taxi driver comes to her mind. Mackowiak is downright flabbergasted when he realises that she seems to consider his taxi her refuge and that she's thinking "Nazi" was his name because she overheard her mother calling him that. However, he then also realises little by little he is neither too old to make new friends nor unable to learn to look at his world from a hitherto unknown point of view. Thus he even finds a new approach to his wife.

Nuremberg Place in Bavaria, Germany

Nuremberg is the second-largest city of the German federal state of Bavaria after its capital Munich, and its 511,628 (2016) inhabitants make it the 14th largest city in Germany. On the Pegnitz River and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, it lies in the Bavarian administrative region of Middle Franconia, and is the largest city and the unofficial capital of Franconia. Nuremberg forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring cities of Fürth, Erlangen and Schwabach with a total population of 787,976 (2016), while the larger Nuremberg Metropolitan Region has approximately 3.5 million inhabitants. The city lies about 170 kilometres (110 mi) north of Munich. It is the largest city in the East Franconian dialect area.


The film had friendly reviews and entered the Top Ten of German box office charts. [1] The Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung awarded the film an "Especially Valuable" ("Besonders wertvoll"). It entered numerous festivals such as the International Dubai Film Festival or the Palm Springs International Film Festival and received many awards and nominations.

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  1. "German Box Office Top Ten" . Retrieved 2011-01-11.