German Director Fatih Akin Wins Hamburg Film Festival's Douglas Sirk Award

Fatih Akin - H 2014
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 Fatih Akin - H 2014

Akin will premiere his new film, "The Cut," at the Venice Film Festival.

The Hamburg Film Festival will present its lifetime achievement honor, the Douglas Sirk Award, to Hamburg-born and -based director Fatih Akin.

Born in Hamburg in 1973 to Turkish parents, Akin has become one of the most influential art house directors of his generation, both in Germany and in Turkey.

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His international breakthrough came in 2004 with Head-On, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His follow-up, The Edge of Heaven, premiered in Cannes in 2007 and won the prize for best screenplay.

“By presenting the Douglas Sirk Award to Fatih Akin, we would like to recognize his work both as a director and as a producer,” said Hamburg film festival director Albert Wiederspiel. “His films, which are strongly rooted in Hamburg, have put the city on the world map of cinema.... His films were a starting point of a whole movement of German filmmakers of Turkish origin.”

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Both Head-On and The Edge of Heaven are part of Akin's “love, death and the devil” trilogy, which will be complete with his latest work, The Cut. After withdrawing The Cut from Cannes ahead of the festival, Akin will premiere the film, which stars Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), in Venice next month.

Akin will receive the Douglas Sirk Award at the German premiere of The Cut in Hamburg.

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Named after the Hamburg-born helmer Sirk, director of such 1950s classics as All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Imitation of Life (1959), the prize honors a personality who has made outstanding achievements within film culture and film industry. Previous winners include Tilda Swinton, Korean director Kim Ki-duk and German filmmaker Andreas Dresen.

The 2014 Hamburg Film Festival runs Sept. 25-Oct. 4.

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