Where in Greek mythology, the earth mother Gaia gives us the topos of the city, Nyx the goddess of the Night gives us the inner realm. The progeny of Nyx, a potent crowd embodying human experience include old age, rage, strife, and friendship. Thanatos, the god of quiet death, his twin Hypnos and his wife Pasithea, the goddess of hallucination, begin the Odyssian journey of a young man from Kreuzberg along the U7 line to Spandau.
The cast are made up of friends and acquaintances, mainly Kurdish, who have a parallel, if unwritten, experience of the recent history of Berlin. Kreuzberg, now semi populated with young artists and trendsetters from around the world, in the 1970s and 80s was a haven for Kurdish immigrants. The Turkish, Arab and Persian population lived in the areas directly alongside the Wall that the German Berliners wanted to forget as much as possible. The U7 line, designed by Rainer Rümmler, architectural engineer for the BVG during the cold war, follows the river Spree, and the shape of the wall underground – in Nyx the U7 becomes the river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. The hero’s name is Furat, the Arab form of Euphetes, the holy river.
The plot of the film is based on anecdotes of Kurdish life in Berlin and Turkey from various friends, especially from Garip Özdem, who also kindly allowed the use of the additional scenes from Kurdistan of the goat sacrifice.