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Mardin, 1915: one night, the Turkish police round up all the Armenian men in the city, including the young blacksmith, Nazaret Manoogian, who is separated from his family. Years later, after managing to survive the horrors of the genocide, he hears that his two daugthers are also still alive. He becomes fixated on the idea of finding them and sets off to track them down. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.

Fatih Akin is an internationally successful filmmaker. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and at that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. He has been directing his films exclusively for his production company bombero international since 2012. THE CUT was the company’s first production and premiered in 2014 in Venice. In 2017 his film IN THE FADE with Diane Kruger and Denis Moschitto in the leading roles premiered in Cannes in Competition, where Diane Kruger won the award for Best Actress. The film also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), IN THE FADE (2017), and THE GOLDEN GLOVE (2019).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin, Mardik Martin
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Cast Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram J. Khoury, Hindi Zahra, Kevork Malikian, Bartu Kücükcaglayan, Trine Dyrholm, Moritz Bleibtreu, Arsinée Khanjian, Akin Gazi, Arévik Martirossian
Producers Fatih Akin, Karl Baumgartner, Reinhard Brundig, Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, Flaminio Zadra
Co-Producers Fabienne Vonier, Francis Boespflug, Alberto Fanni, Valerio de Paolis, Ruben Dishdishyan, Aram Movsesyan, Laurette Bourassa, Doug Steeden, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska
Production Company bombero international, in co-production with Pandora Film Produktion, Pyramide Productions/Paris, Dorje Film/Rome, BIM Distribuzione/Rome, Mars Media Entertainment/Moscow, Opus Film, Jordan Films/Edmonton, Anadolu Kültür/Istanbul, NDR/Hamburg, ARD Degeto, France 3 Cinéma/Paris, corazón international
Length 138 min
Format DCP, 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 English, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Venice 2014 (In Competition), BFI London 2014, Busan 2014, Zurich 2014, Haifa 2014, Cairo 2014 (Opening Film), Thessaloniki 2014, Gijón 2014, Forum des Images 2014, Camerimage 2014, Havana 2014, Sofia 2015, Tribeca 2015, FEST Belgrade 2015, Dallas 2015, CPH PIX Copenhagen 2015, BAFICI 2015, Lecce 2015, Seattle 2015, SANFIC 2015, Guanajuato 2017
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Nordmedia, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, MEDIA, Polish Film Institute, Alberta Government, Canada Tax Credit, Canal+, France Télévisions, Ciné+, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Malta Film Commission, Royal Film Commission Jordan
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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