• Head-On

    Directed by Fatih Akin
    Germany/Turkey | 121 minutes | The Palm Springs Canon

  • Head-On

    Directed by Fatih Akin
    Germany/Turkey | 121 minutes | The Palm Springs Canon

Fatih Akin’s raw, ultra-realistic drama tracks the relationship between two disaffected Turks in Hamburg who enter into a marriage of convenience and find their lives irrevocably altered. (PSIFF 2005) Free community screening sponsored by Desert Care Network.

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film synopsis

Fatih Akin’s raw, ultra-realistic drama tracks the relationship between two disaffected Turks in Hamburg who enter into a marriage of convenience and find their lives irrevocably altered. We first encounter 40-year-old Cahit (Birol Ünel) in the midst of a drinking binge that ends with him crashing his car into a wall. In a psychiatric ward, he meets the vivacious Sibel (Sibel Kekilli) who, desperate to escape her dominating parents — she’s already slashed her wrists — proposes marriage (non-sexual). He agrees, cleans up his act, convinces her parents that he’s on the up-and-up and witnesses his new pseudo-wife embrace all the freedoms of modern Germany — including taking a different man home with her most nights. Then things begin to change. Akin’s knowledge of Turkish ex-pat culture results in a keenly observed drama that eschews the conventional in favor of the psychologically true. He has fashioned a tough-minded film sure to stay with you long after the lights go up. Winner of the Golden Bear for best picture at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and Best Picture, European Film Awards. — PSIFF 2005

film details

Country: Germany/Turkey
Year: 2004
Running Time: 121 minutes
Language: in German, English and Turkish with English subtltles
Display Format: 35mm
Director: Fatih Akin
Producers: Fatih Akin, Stefan Schubert, Andreas Schreitmüller, Mehmet Kurtulus, Ralph Schwingel, Andreas Thiel, Jeanette Würl
Principal Cast: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Meltem Cumbul, Güven Kiraç, Cem Akin, Aysel Iscan, Demir Gökgöl, Stefan Gebelhoff, Tim Seyfi, Mehmet Kurtulus
Cinematographers: Rainer Klausmann
Editor: Andrew Bird
Music: Alexander Hacke, Maceo Parker
Screenwriter: Fatih Akin
Primary Company: Strand Releasing

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