SHORT SHARP SHOCK (photo courtesy of Wueste Film/Bavaria Film International)

Costa, a Greek; Bobby, a Serb; Gabriel, a Turk: they used to be a neighborhood gang in Hamburg Altona. One for all, all for one. But much has changed since Gabriel went to prison. He has decided to grow up, but his buddies are holding him back. Bobby, in particular, still has dreams of joining the mafia. Only Alice, Bobby's girlfriend, understands Gabriel - better than she understands her boyfriend.

Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and became, at the age of 30, one of the most influential European directors. 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. Fatih Akin has been directing his films exclusively for bombero international since 2012. 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), and IN THE FADE (2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin
Cinematography Frank Barbian
Andrew Bird
Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Cast Adam Bousdoukos, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Mehmet Kurtulus, Regula Grauwiller, Idil Uener, Ralph Herforth
Producers Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF/Mainz
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Locarano 1998 (in competition), Antalya 1998, Thessaloniki 1998, Strasbourg 1998, Berlin 1999 (German Films), Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Gijon 2009, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Moscow 2012, Lecce 2015
Awards Bronze Leopard Locarno 1998, Bavarian Film Award 1998 for Best Young Director
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Universal Pictures Germany/Hamburg

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