Director Fatih Akin Pulls 'The Cut' From Cannes Contention

The German-Turkish filmmaker, known for "Soul Kitchen" and "Head On," was expected to bring his new drama "The Cut" to the Croisette.

LONDON – German-Turkish director Fatih Akin has pulled his new drama The Cut from contention for a spot in this year's Cannes Film Festival, citing "personal reasons."

In a statement provided by a spokeswoman, he didn't provide further explanations or details.

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Observers had seen the new film with Tahar Rahim in a dialogue-free lead role, which Akin has described as a cross between Charlie Chaplin and a Sergio Leone Western hero, as a strong contender for the Croisette lineup. After all, Akin won a screenplay award in Cannes in 2007 for The Edge of Heaven and last year brought documentary Polluting Paradise to the French festival.

The Cut is part of a trilogy that also includes Head-On, featuring Game of Thrones star Sibel Kekilli, and The Edge of Heaven.

A brief statement said that Akin pulled The Cut from the Cannes submissions on Saturday. He plans to submit the new film, which opens in Germany on Oct. 16, for an international fall festival.

Cannes will unveil its 2014 lineup on Thursday. The festival runs May 14-25.

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