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Head-On

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Original title
Gegen Die Wand (Head-On)
Year
Running time
121 min.
Country
Germany Germany
Director
Screenwriter
Fatih Akin
Music
Varios
Cinematography
Rainer Klausmann
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Germany-Turkey; Arte / Bavaria Film International / Corazón International / Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) / Panfilm / Wüste Filmproduktion
Genre
Drama | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
Cahit is a German Turk at his late 30's. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife's death, and he's living a miserable life right in the core of cocaine and excessive drinking. One night, he semi-intentionally crashes into a wall, and barely survives. At the hospital he's taken to, he meets a girl, Sibel, another German Turk who's tried to commit suicide. She's sick and tired of her family's ultra-traditional issues, and asks Cahit to carry out a white marriage with her out of the blue, so that she can become a married woman and get rid of her family's revolting pressure. Cahit is turned off by the idea at first, but then he agrees to take part in this plan. As Sibel tells him straightaway that she's interested in absolute freedom involving other men and he agrees, they live as roommates with separate private lives for a while. Then things take a different turn, and they're no longer two indifferent roommates. But their love story won't be anywhere as simple as any other.
Awards
2005: Independent Spirit Awards: Nomianted for Best Foreign Film
2004: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear Best Film, FIPRESCI Award
2004: European Film Awards: Best Movie, Audience Award Best Director
2004: Goya Awards: Best European Film
2003: 5 German Film Awards: including Best Film and Director
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