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Bagdad Cafe - Driving through the Mojave Desert somewhere between Las Vegas and Disneyland, a middle aged German tourist couple has a spat... and the wife, Jasmin, strikes out on her own. Trudging down the highway pulling along a large suitcase, she is so unlikely a sight that Brenda, the irascible proprietor of the Bagdad Cafe where Jasmin stops, is instantly suspicious. So begins a hilarious and touching account of the relationship that develops between these two women of different cultures. It also offers a renewed, endearingly quirky vision of America as a land with room for self discovery and individuality. Progressing from bleak reality to Utopian fantasy, BAGDAD CAFE offers the flip side to one other German film directed in America, PARIS TEXAS. But Adlon celebrates the possibilities of a uniquely American sense of community, of harmony between disparate people. Winner of numerous awards and an international box-office success, BAGDAD CAFE creates, in the middle of desolation, an oasis of friendship.

1988 Bayerischer Filmpreis – Bestes Drehbuch (Eleonore Adlon)
1988 Bayerischer Filmpreis – Bestes Drehbuch (Percy Adlon)
1988 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) – Filmband in Silber für Bester Schnitt
1988 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) – Filmband in Gold für Beste Darstellerin (Marianne Sägebrecht)
1988 Ernst-Lubitsch-Preis – Ernst Lubitsch Preis (Percy Adlon)
1988 Nominated for: Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) – Filmband in Gold für Bester Film
1989 César Awards – Bester ausl. Film (Percy Adlon)
1989 Independent Spirit Awards – Bester ausl. Film
1989 Nominated for: Academy Awards (Oscar) – Beste Musik (Bob Telson)