Infobox Television Film
name = Yabancı Damat
format = Comedy-drama
runtime = 50 min each episode
Durul Taylan Yağmur Taylan
Sulhi Dolek Selin Tunç
Nehir Erdogan Özgür Çevik Erdal Özyağcılar
country = TUR
language = Turkish / Greek / English
November 12 2004
June 15 2007
num_episodes = 106
website = http://www.yabancidamat.tv/en/anasayfa.asp
imdb_id = 0434735
"Yabancı Damat" (literally: "The Foreign Groom", Greek: "Τα σύνορα της αγάπης" "Ta sinora tis agapis", English translation of the Greek title: "The Borders of Love"), is a very popular Turkish
TV seriesdistributed by Erler Filmwith 106 episodes in total. It deals with the relationship between a young Greek man Niko and a Turkish girl Nazlı, and the problems (and especially the prejudices) encountered in an intercultural marriage. Its comedic tone and play on historic Greco-Turkish antagonismmade it a huge hit in both Turkeyand Greece, as well as making stars out of the leading actors. The episodes are shot in Turkey and Greece. The music is Turkish and Greek.
The series ran from
November 12, 2004through June 15 2007on the Turkish TV channel Kanal DFriday evenings at 20.00 hrs. The Greek channel Mega TV broadcasts it since July 4, 2005. The first season was shown on a daily basis at 23.00 hrs, the second season was shown every Monday at 21:00. The third season was split, half of the episodes where shown Saturdays of 2007 at 21:00 and the other half episodes are shown on 2008, every Saturday at 17:00. The series used to have great success, especially when the first season was shown. The ratings of the third season are very low, so the channel decided to move the series in the evening schedule.
Nazlı is the daughter of a conservative Turkish father Kahraman, who is a famous
baklavamaker in Gaziantep. Her grandfather Memik Dede is a Korean War veteran. Niko, whose parents are immigrants from Istanbul, is the son of a wealthy Greek ship owner Stavro. Nazlı and Niko meet in Bodrum, fall in love at first sight and decide to marry. The comedy starts when Niko goes to Gaziantep to ask for her father’s agreement to the marriage. Historical enmity between the two nations makes it very hard, and both families oppose the marriage in the beginning. Finally, Nazlı and Niko found a family and settle in Istanbul. They meaningfully name their son Ege ("Aegean"), the sea between Turkey and Greece.
The families visit each other several times for various reasons and get so closer. Niko's
spinsteraunt Katina gets married with a Turkish man, much exacerbating her mother Efthalia. Even the initial hatred between the older members of the families, Memik Dede and Efthalia, turns to a romantic affair.
On the other hand, Kadir, the son of Ökkeş, who is the business partner of Kahraman, marries Stella, the Greek secretary of Niko.
The cast of the series is mostly experienced Turkish actors and actresses.
Family of Nazlı
Nehir Erdoğan- Nazlı
Erdal Özyağcılar- Kahraman, father of Nazlı, a famous baklava maker in Gaziantep
Sumru Yavrucuk- Feride, mother of Nazlı
Binnur Kaya- Nazire, elder sister of Nazlı
İlker Aksum- Ruşen, husband of Nazire
Family of Niko
Özgür Çevik- Niko (Nikos)
Mazlum Kiper- Stavro (Stavros), father of Niko
Ayla Karaca- Eleni, mother of Niko
Tülin Oral- Eftelya (Euthalia), grandmother of Niko
Family of Kadir
Engin Akyürek- Kadir, former lover of Nazlı
Zeki Alasya- Ökkeş, father of Kadir, business partner of Kahraman
Seray Gözler- Hayriye, mother of Kadir
Yeliz Akkaya- Esra Bicaklama, Niko’s assistant
Güzin Alkan- Döne, maid of Nazlı's family
Natalia Doussopoulos- Anna, Niko’s girlfriend
Binnaz Ergin- İkramiye
Yılmaz Gruda- Celayir Usta, Ökkeş’s baklava master
Ahmet Uz- Hikmet
Şinasi Yurtsever- Hamit, husband of Döne
The episodes are shot in
Bodrum, Gaziantep, Istanbulin Turkey and on the Greek Island of Symiand in Athens.
* 2006 "Best TV series of the Year" award by the Turkish Association of Radio and Television Journalists along with two other TV series.
* 2004: "Best Supporting Actress" award by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
* 2004: "Best Actor" (nominated) by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
*2004: "Best Actress" (nominated) by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
*2004: "Best Music" by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
*2004: "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" (nominated) by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
*2004: "Best Director" by 1st Annual Primetime Beyaz Inci Awards
* [http://www.yabancidamat.tv/en/anasayfa.asp Official Website]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434735/ Yabanci Damat at the Internet Movie Database]
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