GOODBYE BERLIN
TSCHICK
2016, 93 min, Germany, Dir: Fatih Akin

Eighth-grade classmates Maik (Tristan Göbel) and Tschick (Anand Batbileg) are both outsiders; Maik, from a wealthy albeit dysfunctional family, is virtually invisible to his peers, while Tschick, from a poor immigrant family, stands out at school with his loud Hawaiian shirt and rebellious attitude. With his mother in rehab and his father away on a business trip, Maik plans to spend the summer alone at home - but that changes when Tschick appears with a “borrowed” car and a notion to visit his grandfather in Wallachia. Akin’s (HEAD-ON) long-awaited adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s best-selling cult novel delivers a fresh, youthful perspective on the traditional road movie. The 2017 Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Youth Film.


THE CUT
2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.


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