The winner of the top prize award (Golden Bear) at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Five Lola Awards (Germany's Oscars) including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin's HEAD-ON delivers on the promise of his previous features with this raw, powerful love story that adroitly explores Turkish-German culture and the relationship of two people trying to find a middle ground between conflicting cultures.
At the European Film Awards in Barcelona, Fatih Akin's German film "Head-On" won the top award, named best European Film of the year. Akin was also named the best director in people's choice award voting. Akin, born to Turkish parents in Hamburg, won the Golden Bear for his film at the 2004 Berlinale back in February. The movie, to be released next month by Strand Releasing, explores the world of second-generation Turkish immigrants in Germany and stars Birol Unel and Sibel Kekilli.
Best European Film "Gegen Die Wand" (Head-On), by Fatih Akin, Germany
Best European Director The Jameson People's Choice Awards (Chosen by Europe's film fans) Fatih Akin, for "Gegen Die Wand" (Head-On), Germany
Snyopsis: 40-year-old Cahit is brought to German psychiatric clinic after attempting suicide and sets out to start a new life, even as he longs for drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. Sibel is young, pretty and, like Cahit, Turkish-German. She lives a lifestyle that is a bit too wild for her devout, conservative Muslim family and fakes a suicide attempt to try and escape them. But the incident brings shame upon her family, who insist that only marriage can save her. Sibel begs Cahit to marry her and he reluctantly agrees, perhaps in an effort to save her and to find meaning in his own life. Initially the two share an apartment and little else as Sibel sees other men and Cahit continues to have flings with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Gradually, however, Cahit begins to fall in love with Sibel and she, in turn, comes to realize that she loves him - but not before an incident of jealous violence tests this fledgling romance. When Cahit is sent to jail and Sibel flees to Turkey, her heart, mind and soul remain with him - but for how long?
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