Namibia: Goethe-Institut presents Fatih Akin movie nights


The Goethe-Institut will be screening five films by him beginning on Thursday, 21 September, and ending on Saturday, 23 September. The screenings are free with a complimentary serving of popcorn.

The films are being screened under the ‘German Weeks 2017’ of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and ‘Team Germany’ in Namibia.

Known as one of Germany’s most successful directors and screenwriters, Akin has won numerous awards including 1998 Best Director – Bavarian Film; 2004 Golden Bear – Berlin Film Festival; 2007 Best Screenplay – Cannes ; 2007 LUX Prize for European cinema by the European Union, and many more.

Akin’s latest accolade is his film, ‘In the Fade’ and its submission as Germany’s official entry into the 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’.

On Thursday, 21 September at 19h00, ‘Head-On’ (‘Gegen Die Wand’, 2004) will kick off the screenings.

This production portrays two very strong characters: Sibel and Cahit. They meet in the hospital after both trying to commit suicide. A marriage of convenience, love, homicide and excess follow this first meeting. Akin unleashes a tremendous involvement of emotions that transcends itself on canvas and views.

‘Soul Kitchen’ (2008/2009) will screen on Friday, 22 September at 19h00. This boisterous comedy is full of emotion, tragedy and great success.

A German-Greek cook is forced to defend his bistro, Soul Kitchen, against property sharks, tax authorities and his gambling-addicted brother when it becomes one of Hamburg’s trendy locations.

On Friday at 21h00, ‘The Edge of Heaven’ will screen. This rather gentle film portrays the lives of six characters whose fate is somehow linked. Nejat is a professor in Hamburg and takes care of his father Ali.

Ayten is an activist from Istanbul and receives financial support from her mother Yeter, who is working as a prostitute in Bremen.

On the other side is Susan who is afraid to lose her daughter Lotte to Ayten. It is described as one of the best cultural films that explores inter-cultural conflicts and relations.

‘Goodbye Berlin’ (‘Tschick’, 2016), will screen on Saturday, 23 September, and tells the story of outsider Maik Klingenberg, who enjoys the liberal relationship with his mother who plays tennis and substitutes water with vodka.

A holiday at their villa turns into an adventure when his friend Tschick steals a car and they hit the road through the East German countryside and get into a lot of trouble on the perfect holiday for two 14-year-old boys.

‘The Cut’ (2013/2014) closes off the week of screenings on Saturday at 20h00.

This film is about an American blacksmith who was deported to a camp but survived the First World War in the Ottoman Empire, lost his family and is now on a search for his twin daughters and other loved ones. The film tells the story of a kind of love that resists the test of time.

Source: The Namibian


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