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Filmfest Hamburg 2014 - Presentation of the 'Douglas Sirk Award'

Fatih Akin, Lara Heller and Moritz Bleibtreu - Filmfest Hamburg 2014 - Presentation of the 'Douglas Sirk Award' - Hamburg, Germany - Saturday 27th September 2014

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Albert Wiederspiel, Fatih Akin and Barbara Kisseler
Albert Wiederspiel, Fatih Akin and Barbara Kisseler
Albert Wiederspiel, Fatih Akin and Barbara Kisseler
Fatih Akin and Cem Oezdemir

71st Venice International Film Festival

Fatih Akın - 71st Venice International Film Festival - 'The Cut' - Premiere After Party - Venice, Italy - Sunday 31st August 2014

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71st Venice International Film Festival

Alexander Hacke, Hindi Zahra, Tahar Rahim and Fatih Akin - 71st Venice International Film Festival - 'The Cut' - Photocall - Venice, Italy - Sunday 31st August 2014

Tahar Rahim and Fatih Akin
Alexander Hacke, Hindi Zahra, Tahar Rahim and Fatih Akin
Tahar Rahim and Fatih Akin
Tahar Rahim and Fatih Akin
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Picture - Fatih Akin and guest , Thursday 17th May 2012

Fatih Akin and Cannes Film Festival - Fatih Akin and guest Thursday 17th May 2012 De Rouille Et D'os (Rust and Bone) premiere during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

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New York, I Love You Review


Good
There are 11 captivating short films in this anthology, the second in the Cities of Love series by producers Benbihy and Grasic. But this collection isn't quite as varied or engaging as Paris Je T'Aime.

All of these stories take place in Manhattan, with only one or two brief forays into other boroughs, and they all centre around relatively well-off people, mainly white or Asian. They're also quite serious and emotional, with only brief moments of humour dotted here and there, although some make us smile more than others. Each is about a male-female relationship--marriages, brief encounters, possibilities, life-long companionship. Most have a somewhat gimmicky twist, and a few are intriguingly oblique.

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The Edge of Heaven Review


Weak
Head-On director Fatih Akin turns his focus from the intimacy of a botched marriage of convenience between a lapsed conservative Muslim and a hard-drinking Turk in his previous film to The Edge of Heaven, a globetrotting human-rights drama about deported Turkish renegades and the lesbians and bookshop owners who love them.

Awarded the Cannes prize for screenwriting at last year's ceremonies, Akin's new world is sparked by a moral dilemma that plagued his lost Muslim girl in Head-On. Yeter (Nursel Köse), "Jessy" to her johns, is a faithful Muslim despite her prostitute day job. The local fundamentalists bully her on the bus and stare daggers at her on the boulevard. After a few times servicing Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz), an elderly customer, she's asked to come and live with him as a roommate and periodic sex slave. Köse's face, fitted with age and a wincing grief, becomes a hardened casket when she's with Ali but melts into tender matriarchy when she's introduced to Nejat (the great Baki Davrak), Ali's German-language professor son.

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Head-On Review


OK
Forty-something bum meets twenty-something Turkish cutie in this multiple award-winning German film by Fatih Akin. Shrill, earthy, gritty, and sometime ridiculous, the film succeeds in mixing the unconventional and the realistic with assurance.

Grungy looking Cahit (Birol Ünel) is so far down he doesn't know which way is up. His job is picking up beer bottles in a rundown bar near his equally rundown cave-like apartment. Since the loss of his wife, his life is over and as a consequence, when he's not drinking he's drunk.

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In July (Im Juli) Review


OK

It never ceases to amaze me how much mileage there is left in the road trip and romantic comedy genres when they're blessed with a little creativity -- and the eccentrically dark chocolate German bonbon "Im Juli" (translated "In July") is nothing if not clever and resourceful.

Writer-director Fatih Akin boldly casts Moritz Bleibtreu (Lola's boyfriend from "Run Lola Run") as his hero Daniel, a socially insecure square and a dullard of a high school physics teacher. Not only is the hunky actor credible, he's also full of surprises as the character starts learning to take life by the horns.

The plot is also deceptive in its understated simplicity: Instantly smitten after a chance meeting with a beautiful Turkish girl (Idil Uner) passing through Hamburg, Daniel undertakes the first spontaneous act of his life -- he hits the road to Istanbul searching for her.

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