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3,205 Ratings


Gegen die Wand

Directed by Fatih Akin
Germany, Turkey, 2004
Drama, Romance


The tale of two lost souls, in which twenty year-old Sibel, desperate to escape the suffocating traditional discipline of her family, convinces disillusioned alcoholic Cahit to marry her. When Cahit is sent to jail and Sibel flees to Turkey, her heart and soul remain with him.

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Head-On Directed by Fatih Akin

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2004 | 3 wins including: Golden Bear

Independent Spirit Awards

2006 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

European Film Awards

2004 | 2 wins including: Best European Director (Audience Award)

2004 | 5 nominations including: Best European Actor (Audience Award)

Critics reviews

A nervy, unsettling, sometimes bleak drama of two outsiders (vividly played, with unwavering intensity and conviction, by Unel and Kekilli), Head-On in fact continues a vital strand of provocative, post-punk creativity in contemporary European cinema – a vitality from which even Akin’s subsequent films (Crossing the Bridge 2005, The Edge of Heaven 2007 and the awful Soul Kitchen 2009) have shied away.
April 01, 2008
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