Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin (born 1973)

Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Turkish immigrants. He studied at the University of Fine Arts. After making two short films, he achieved his breakthrough in 1998 with his debut feature Short Sharp Shock. It was followed by the road movie In July with Moritz Bleibtreu and Christiane Paul, as well as the documentary I Think about Germany: We Forgot to Go Back about his parents’ immigration story. His 2002 feature Solino tells the story of an Italian immigrant family in Germany. His international breakthrough came with Head-On winner of the Golden Bear, as well as the German and European Film Award. He documented the diversity of the Istanbul music scene in Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul. His 2007 feature The Edge of Heaven won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes. In his comedy Soul Kitchen, he created a monument to his hometown and won the Special Jury Prize in Venice. For his documentary Polluting Paradise, Akin followed the environmental damage in the Turkish village of his ancestors for many years. His 2014 feature The Cut premiered at the Venice IFF.


Sensin…You’re the One! (1995, short), Weed (1996. short), Short Sharp Shock (1998), In July (2000), I Think about Germany: We Forgot to Go Back (2000), Solino (2002), Head-On (2004), Visions of Europe (segment The Evil Old Songs, 2004), Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005), The Edge of Heaven (2007), New York, I Love You (segment, 2009), Germany 09: 13 Short Films about the State of the Nation (segment Being Murat Kurnaz, 2008), Soul Kitchen (2009), Polluting Paradise (2012, doc.), The Cut (2014), Tschick/Goodbye Berlin (2016), In the Fade (2017).

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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