Akin in 2009
25 August 1973 |
Hamburg, West Germany
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter and producer|
|Years active||1995 – present|
Akin made his debut as director of a full-length film as early as 1998 with Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos), which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and the "Pierrot", the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director in Munich the same year. Since then he has directed feature films such as Im Juli (In July) in 2000, We forgot to go back (Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren) in 2001 and Solino' in 2002. His fourth work, Head-On (Gegen die Wand), starring Sibel Kekilli, was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards.
In 2005 he directed a documentary about the Istanbul music scene, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, which includes musicians such as Ceza, Sezen Aksu, Aynur Doğan and Brenna MacCrimmon. It is narrated by a member of a German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten, Alexander Hacke, who also produced music for Head-On.
In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, a German-Turkish cross-cultural tale of loss, mourning and forgiveness, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. On October 24, 2007, the same film was awarded the first edition of the LUX prize for European cinema by the European Parliament.
His most recent film is the comedy Soul Kitchen (2009). He has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven before making his next planned film The Devil. "But", he says, "now I feel ready to finish the trilogy".
In Akin's cinema, the lives of German Turks are a recurring theme, such as their struggles and their confusion about two different cultures. In Head-On, two different cultures are presented, the conservative Muslim and Turkish view of Sibel's family, and Sibel's open ideas about sex. Cahit is presented to be somewhat a mixture of these two ideas and cultures, representing a struggling Turk. Akin, on the other hand, has never denied his Turkish roots and even accepted the Cannes award in the name of Turkish cinema.
Akin has been criticized for actions that have been interpreted by some as trivializing the Holocaust and was investigated by German police for wearing a T-shirt with a Nazi swastika in place of the letter "S" in the word "BUSH". Akin defended the T-shirt as "more than mere provocation" and emphasized:
Bush's policy is comparable with that of the Third Reich. I think that under Bush, Hollywood has been making certain films at the request of The Pentagon to normalise things like torture and Guantanamo. I'm convinced the Bush administration wants a third world war. I think they're fascists.— Fatih Akin
- 1998 Bavarian Film Awards, Best New Director
- 2004 Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival
- 2004 European Film Awards, Best Film, Audience Award
- 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Golden Orange Award, Best Director
- 2007 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Director
- 2007 LUX Prize for European Cinema awarded by European Parliament
- 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay
- 2010 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) for his contribution in depicting the problems of Turkish-Germans.
|1995||Sensin... You're the One!||(German title: Sensin - Du bist es!)|
|1996||Weed||(German title: Getürkt)|
|1997||Back in Trouble|
|1998||Short Sharp Shock||(German title: Kurz und schmerzlos)||Bronze Leopard at Locarno, Switzerland
Pierrot at Bavarian Film Award for the best young director
|2000||Im Juli||Original Script|
|2001||Denk ich an Deutschland - Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren||Original Script|
|2004||Head-On||(German title: Gegen die Wand, Turkish title: Duvara karşı)||Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival
"Best Film" and "Audience Award" at European Film Awards
|2004||Visions of Europe||(segment "Die bösen alten Lieder", German title: Europäische Visionen)|
|2004||Kebab Connection||Original Script|
|2005||Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul||Original Script|
|2007||The Edge of Heaven||(German title: Auf der anderen Seite, Turkish title: Yaşamın Kıyısında)||Best Director at Golden Orange Film Festival
Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival
LUX prize for European cinema by European Parliament
|2008||New York, I Love You|
|2009||Soul Kitchen||Original Script||Special Award of the Jury at Venice International Film Festival|
|2012||Polluting Paradise||(German title: Der Müll im Garten Eden)|
- Çağla Karabağ, "Intercultural Encounters in Fatih Akın's Films" in Klaus Roth, Robert Hayden (ed.), Migration In, From, and to Southeastern Europe: Part 1: Historical and Cultural Aspects, Ethnologia Balcanica 13, LIT Verlag Münster, 2011, ISBN 978-3-643-10895-1, p. 181.
- "Director's Portrait: Fatih Akın – The sun is as much mine as the night". www.german-films.de. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- Kulish, Nicholas (6 January 2008). "A hand that links Germans and Turks". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Edge of Heaven". www.festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
- "Film about abortion takes Cannes' prize". Guardian Unlimited. London. 27 May 2007.[dead link]
- "And the LUX Prize for European cinema goes to… "Auf der anderen Seite" ("On the Edge of Heaven")". European Parliament. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "At the Movies: Soul Kitchen Interview". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- "Polluting Paradise: Cannes Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- "International competition of feature films". Venice. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Critics use Nazi symbolism to attack Bush administration". ABC News. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "German movie director investigated for wearing a Swastika". Deutsche Welle. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Film director in trouble over Swastika t-shirt". Der Spiegel. 7 August 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Bayerischer Filmpreis: Promis und Porzellan". Max (German magazine) (in German). Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- "Orden für Riemann und Akin". BZ Berlin (in German). 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- Barbara Kosta, "Transcultural Exchanges: Fatih Akin's Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)," in Martinson, Steven D. / Schulz, Renate A. (Eds./hg.), Transcultural German Studies / Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Building Bridges / Brücken bauen (Bern etc., Peter Lang, 2008) (Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik, Reihe A: Kongressberichte, 94),
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