Browse Archive


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.
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
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Universal Pictures Germany/Hamburg

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

click here