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Fatih Akin
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Akin in 2009
Born (1973-08-25) 25 August 1973 (age 50)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s)
Monique Obermüller
(m. 2004)
Children 2

Fatih Akin (Turkish: Fatih Akın, born 25 August 1973) is a Turkish-German film director, screenwriter and producer. 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).

Early life

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.

Career

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.

Fatih Akin in Bitola
Akin in 2019

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, Akin's 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.

Awards

  • 1998 Bavarian Film Awards, Best New Director
  • 2004 Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival
  • 2004 European Film Awards, Best Film, Audience Award
  • 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Golden Orange Award, Best Director
  • 2007 Bavarian Film Awards, Best Director
  • 2007 LUX Prize for European Cinema awarded by European Parliament
  • 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay
  • 2010 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution in depicting the problems of Turkish-Germans.
  • 2018 Golden Globe Award, Best Foreign Language Film

Filmography

Year Title Notes Awards
1995 Sensin... You're the One! Short film (German title: Sensin – Du bist es!)
1996 Weed Short film (German title: Getürkt)
1997 Back in Trouble Actor
1998 Short Sharp Shock (German title: Kurz und schmerzlos) Bronze Leopard at Locarno, Switzerland
Pierrot at Bavarian Film Award for the best young director
2000 In July Original script
2001 Denk ich an Deutschland … [de] – Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren TV documentary series episode
2002 Solino
2004 Head-On (German title: Gegen die Wand, Turkish title: Duvara karşı) Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival
"Best Film" and "Audience Award" at European Film Awards
2004 Visions of Europe (segment Die bösen alten Lieder, German title: Europäische Visionen)
2004 Kebab Connection Co-writer
2004 Hırsız Var Actor (Lokman)
2005 Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul Documentary
2007 The Edge of Heaven (German title: Auf der anderen Seite, Turkish title: Yaşamın Kıyısında) Best Director at Golden Orange Film Festival
Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival
LUX prize for European cinema by European Parliament
2008 New York, I Love You A segment
2009 Soul Kitchen Original script Special Award of the Jury at Venice International Film Festival
2012 Polluting Paradise Documentary (German title: Der Müll im Garten Eden)
2014 The Cut
2016 Goodbye Berlin based on the novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf (German title: Tschick)
2017 In the Fade (German title: Aus dem Nichts) Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards
2019 The Golden Glove (German title: Der goldene Handschuh) based on the novel by Heinz Strunk
2022 Rhinegold (German title: Rheingold) based on the autobiography by Xatar

Collaborations

Actors Short Sharp Shock In July Solino Head-On The Edge of Heaven Soul Kitchen The Cut
Cem Akin
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Moritz Bleibtreu
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Adam Bousdoukos
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Stefan Gebelhoff
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Demir Gökgöl
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Marc Hosemann
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Mehmet Kurtuluş
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Hermann Lause
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Catrin Striebeck
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Birol Ünel
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İdil Üner
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Patrycia Ziółkowska
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See also

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