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Fatih Akın

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Polluting Paradise

Fatih Akin Germany, 2012

Set in the small village where his grandparents live, this environmental documentary from the Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin (_Head-On, In the Fade), balances the personal and polemical. Shot over the course of 5 years, this is an informative and moving look at a filmmaker revisiting his roots.

Soul Kitchen

Fatih Akin Germany, 2009

A change of pace from flexible director Fatih Akin (Head On, In the Fade), this ensemble comedy is a crowd-pleasing, lively look at the frantic and frenzied reality of running a restaurant. Set in Hamburg, Soul Kitchen is another of Akin’s depictions of modern, multicultural Germany.

The Edge of Heaven

Fatih Akin Germany, 2007

Starring the great Hanna Schygulla (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant), Fatih Akin followed up his Golden Bear-winner Head-On with this intricate drama. Though split between Germany and Turkey, Akin’s intertwining narratives bridge the gaps between these nations and their cultures.

Solino

Fatih Akin Germany, 2002

Fatih Akin’s ambitious drama jumps between 1964, 1974 and 1984 to chronicle an Italian family’s new life in Germany, and particularly, the two brothers who make the return journey back to their titular hometown of Solino. A compelling saga that explores, in parallel, familial and cultural relations.

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