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Fatih Akın

Fatih Akin (Turkish: Fatih Akın, born 25 August 1973) is a German film director, screenwriter and producer of Turkish descent. He has won numerous awards for his films, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his film Head-On (2004), Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Edge of Heaven (2007), and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his film In the Fade (2017). Akin was born in Hamburg to Turkish parents. He has one brother, Cem Akin, who works as an actor. He attended the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg to study visual communications and graduated in 2000. Akin has been married to German-Mexican actress Monique Obermüller since 2004. The couple live in Hamburg-Altona, close to where he was raised. They have two children. Akin made his debut as director of a full-length film as early as 1998 with Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos), which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and the "Pierrot", the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director in Munich the same year. Since then he has directed feature films such as In July (Im Juli) in 2000, We forgot to go back (Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren) in 2001 and Solino in 2002. His fourth film, Head-On (Gegen die Wand), starring Sibel Kekilli, was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards. In 2005, he directed a documentary about the Istanbul music scene, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, which includes musicians such as Ceza, Sezen Aksu, Aynur Doğan and Brenna MacCrimmon. It is narrated by a member of a German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten, Alexander Hacke, who also produced music for Head-On. In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, a German-Turkish cross-cultural tale of loss, mourning and forgiveness, won the prize for Best Screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. On 24 October 2007 the same film was awarded the first edition of the LUX prize for European cinema by the European Parliament. About the comedy Soul Kitchen (2009) he has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven before making his next planned film The Devil. "But", he says, "now I feel ready to finish the trilogy". In 2012, his documentary film Polluting Paradise was screened in the Special Screenings section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His 2014 film The Cut has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. In 2017, his film In the Fade was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes that year, Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award. The film was subsequently selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. In the Fade won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Description above from the Wikipedia article Fatih Akin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 25, 1973 In Hamburg, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bambi Awards 1948-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Ronny & Klaid 2019-10-10
Known For
Poster of From Caligari to Hitler
Poster of Kusturica - Balkan's Bad Boy
Poster of Kulturjournal
Poster of The Last Flight
Movie Ronny & Klaid Himself 2019-10-10
Movie From Caligari to Hitler Self - Filmmaker 2015-05-28
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Self 2015-08-02
Movie Kusturica - Balkan's Bad Boy Self 2012-03-01
Movie Robbery Alla Turca Lokman 2005-02-10
Movie Ein krasser Deal Türsteher 2004-06-03
Series Menschen bei Maischberger Unknown 2003-09-02
Series Kulturjournal himself 2002-04-29
Series Through the Night with... Unknown 2002-05-10
Movie We Have Forgotten to Return Home Himself 2001-01-01
Movie Planet der Kannibalen Mr. Dark 2001-11-17
Movie The Experiment Taxifahrer 2001-03-07
Movie A Goddamn Job Ex-Gott 2001-04-19
Movie In July Rumänischer Grenzbeamter 2000-08-23
Movie The Last Flight 1999-03-03
Movie Kismet Tony 1999-01-01
Series TV Total Unknown 1999-03-08
Movie Short Sharp Shock Drogendealer Nejo 1998-10-15
Series Nachtstudio himself 1997-09-03
Movie Trickser 1997-01-01
Series Einsatz Hamburg Süd Feroz 1997-09-09
Movie Back in Trouble Kebab-Fatih 1997-12-11
Movie Getürkt 1996-01-01
Series SK-Babies Bekir 1996-05-14
Movie Sensin – Du bist es 1995-10-01
Series Doppelter Einsatz Erdal 1994-09-20
Series DAS! himself 1991-01-02
Series NDR Talk Show himself 1979-02-09
Series Bayerischer Filmpreis Self 1979-12-01
Series Kölner Treff Self 1976-01-25
Series III nach neun himself 1974-11-19
Series Grimme-Preis-Verleihung Self 1964-01-16
Series Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) Self 1951-01-01
Series Bambi Awards Self 1948-01-01