Head-on

Directed by Fatih Akin On the 11th of March

Turkey, Germany - 2004- Color - 121' - German and Turkish with English subtitles

Scenario:
Fatih Akin
Cinematography:
Rainer Klausmann
Editing:
Produced by :
Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Read moreRead less

Synopsis

In ‘Gegen die Wand’ Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother’s heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent’s house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love.

Director biography

open

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, “Sensin – You’re The One !” (“Sensin – Du Bist Es!”), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, “Weed” (“Getuerkt”, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, “Short Sharp Shock” (“Kurz Und Schmerzlos”, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: “In July” (“Im Juli”, 2000), “Wir Haben Vergessen Zurueckzukehren” (2001), “Solino” (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards “Head-On” (“Gegen Die Wand”, 2003), and “Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul” (2005).

Metropolis projects are supported by

  • logo 0