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The Cut (2014)

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In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writers:

Fatih Akin, Mardik Martin (co-writer)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tahar Rahim ... Nazaret Manoogian
Simon Abkarian ... Krikor
Makram Khoury ... Omar Nasreddin
Hindi Zahra ... Rakel
Kevork Malikyan ... Hagob Nakashian
Bartu Küçükçaglayan ... Mehmet
Zein Fakhoury Zein Fakhoury ... Arsinée
Dina Fakhoury Dina Fakhoury ... Lucinée
Trine Dyrholm ... Orphanage Headmistress
Arsinée Khanjian ... Mrs. Nakashian
Akin Gazi ... Hrant
Arevik Martirosyan ... Ani
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Peter Edelman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Bousdoukos
Lara Heller ... Lucinée & Arsinée Manoogian (Adult)
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Storyline

This film is based on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority. One day a young family man, Nazaret Manoogian, gets deported by the Turkish authorities together with all the other Armenian men from his native village of Mardin. He becomes a forced laborer and only survives the mass murder by chance and an act of kindness, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night the devastated Nazaret learns that his daughters may still be alive and didn't die like his wife from starvation, violence or rape on death marches. Nazaret goes on a quest to find them and travels from his small village through the Mesopotamian deserts to the sea, always looking for clues that might lead him to his children. Nazaret's epic journey will take him from Asia to America, from the end to a new beginning... Written by Anonymous

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Germany | France | Italy | Russia | Poland | Canada | Turkey | Jordan

Release Date:

16 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El padre See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Budget:

€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,880, 25 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,066, 15 November 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main character's name 'Nazaret Manoogian', played by Tahar Rahim, contains multiple references: The first name is obviously a reference to the Armenian people's Christian religion (Jesus of Nazareth). The surname can be interpreted as a reference to two prominent Armenian-Americans: a) Alex Manoogian (June 28, 1901 - July 10, 1996) was an Armenian refugee of genocide from the Ottoman Empire and immigrant to the United States, who later became an industrial engineer, businessman and entrepreneur in Detroit, Michigan. The billionaire Manoogian was a philanthropist who donated to churches, educational institutions and charities of the Armenian Diaspora, to preserve and continue their culture. In 1993, Alex Manoogian was named a 'National Hero of Armenia' and a citizen of Armenia by President Levan Ter Petrosian, the first person outside the country to be so honored. In 2007 Alex Manoogian and his wife Marie, who died in 1993, were buried with state honors in the Republic of Armenia. b) Haig Manoogian (May 23, 1916 - May 26, 1980) was an Armenian-American professor of film at New York University and a major influence on filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, who was one of his students. Manoogian co-produced Scorsese's first feature film I Call First (1967). His masterpiece Raging Bull (1980) is dedicated "with love and resolution" to his former teacher Manoogian. Since director Fatih Akin dedicated this film among others to Scorsese as his "master and godfather" this reference must be regarded as intentional. See more »

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References The Champion (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Janoy
Traditional Armenian song from Van region, Author and Composer unknown
Janoy Choir: Gao Long, Kei Kondo, Harika Koroyasu, Radu Pustiu, Kazuki Sakai, Knut Schoch
A cappella by Arevik Martirosyan
All other vocals by Hindi Zahra
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The Cut" is a deep wound to human heart
12 December 2015 | by sriram_mSee all my reviews

"The Cut(2014)" is Turkish born German director Fathe Akin's first high budget lavish international film. Fathe Akin got death threats from Turkey because of making this film on the backdrop of world's largest genocide after Nazi Holocaust, the Armenian genocide. In Turkey today it is a serious crime to use the word "Genocide" in reference to the systematic expulsion of Armenians from Turkish Soil in the period from 1915 to 1923. During this time 1.5 million Armenians were either murdered outright or perished on forced death marches through the Syrian Desert. A few Turkish intellectuals have spoken out against the official Turkish policy of Genocide.

"The Cut" is the deep wound to human heart. It is an intense and emotional journey which depresses our soul. The scale, immensity and quality of this masterpiece makes us remember Chinese master director Feng Xiaogang's "Aftershock (2010)". The scenes like protagonist Tahar Rahim (of "A Prophet" fame) watching Charlie Chaplin's film makes us emotionally outburst.

This is one of the very important films about history. An intense and dark masterpiece about humanity.


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