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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 25 August 1973Hamburg, West Germany

Mini Bio (1)

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin - Du Bist Es!"), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, "Weed" ("Getuerkt", 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, "Short Sharp Shock" ("Kurz Und Schmerzlos", 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: "In July" ("Im Juli", 2000), "Wir Haben Vergessen Zurueckzukehren" (2001), "Solino" (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards "Head-On" ("Gegen Die Wand", 2003), and "Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul" (2005).

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Spouse (1)

Monique Akin (2004 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

In 2001 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.
In 2005 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the 'Cannes International Film Festival'.
In 2013 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the 13th 'Marrakech International Film Festival'. His fellow members included Chan-wook Park, Marion Cotillard, Paolo Sorrentino, Patricia Clarkson, Anurag Kashyap, Golshifteh Farahani, Amat Escalante, Narjiss Nejjar, François Cluzet and Martin Scorsese, who led the Jury.
His parents emigrated from Turkey to Germany in the 1960s.
Brother of Cem Akin.
His hobbies include boxing and appearing as 'DJ Superdjango' in clubs.
Two of his films were submitted for the Best Foreign Langugage Film category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008): The Edge of Heaven (2007) (as director, writer and producer) for Germany and Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006) (as producer) for Turkey (September 2007).
Fatih Akin studied 'Visual Communication' at Hamburg's 'College of Fine Arts (Hochschule der Bildenden Künste)' from 1994 to 2000. He never went to a conventional film school.
His father worked in a dry cleaning company, his mother was an elementary school teacher.
Started writing short stories and scripts in his youth.
He visited Argentina to promote his film Soul Kitchen (2009) in Buenos Aires. [November 2009]
Fatih Akin and his wife Monique, who is of German-Mexican descent, live together with their two children (born 2005 and 2011) in Hamburg-Altona (Germany), where he was born. [August 2014]

Personal Quotes (7)

What I'm always trying to say is, this Turkish-German gap, you know, or this connecting element of the two nations, or systems, or worlds - you can change that and put other things instead. Mexico and the U.S., same thing.
If you love the cinema, you have to love America.
[on Rainer Werner Fassbinder] Comparisons with Fassbinder have followed me around since my first film, Short Sharp Shock (1998). Critics said that the character Gabriel, who emerges from prison determined never to return to crime, reminded them of Franz Biberkopf in Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980). It's funny, because I hadn't even seen the film at the time. I admire Fassbinder, but he and I work in different ways. Hanna Schygulla once told me that Fassbinder forced his actors never to deviate from the script. But in my films everyone can do as he or she wishes. I like it when actors depart from the script to find their characters. Of course, that's also why it takes me three years to make a movie. Fassbinder would have been able to turn out 10 films in that amount of time.
Growing my audience is a target of mine. Cinema is a collective experience. Many people sit together, there's a lot of seats, and you want those seats to be filling up. I'm not that egotistic, to say, "No, I only want to do a film for me, I don't care." That's not true. For sure I do them for me, but I hope I can share it with as many people as possible.
[on his inspirations for The Cut (2014)] Elia Kazan's America America (1963), certain aesthetics of the cinematography, as well as shooting the film in English and naturally the long voyage of the young man through the impoverished towns and villages on the way to Constantinople. (...) I had Westerns in my mind to inspire me, The Searchers (1956) by John Ford, and also Homer's 'The Odyssey' certainly was a reference for me: The journey of the hero who tries to return to his family.
[on the message of The Cut (2014):] I come from a religious family, with strict dogmas and it took a while to get rid of them. I now have my own definition of what is right and wrong, good and evil. You can say I'm a spiritual person. The film is about that: Someone losing his religion but getting the sense of spirituality.
[on informing the Turkish audience about the historic Armenian Genocide through The Cut (2014)] I believe in that. Certain people may not need it. But other people need another rhetoric to understand this, I don't want to be preachy or act as a teacher but I want to create empathy. I made the film so that the Turkish audience could identify with an Armenian hero, which isn't easy. To do this you have to keep it simple and not challenge the audience with too much intellectual attitudes, but challenge them emotionally.

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