Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #74. Fatih Akin’s Tschick

Fatih Akin’s Tschick


Director: Fatih Akin
Writer: Hark Bohm

While Fatih Akin’s epic cap to his loose trilogy The Cut (2014) didn’t live up to expectations, we’re curious to see his latest, Tschick, an unexpected foray into ‘family film.’ Based on a cult novel by late writer Wolfgang Herndorfs, the story centers on 14-year-old Maik Klingenberg, part of a wealthy but dysfunctional family in Berlin. During this particular summer vacation his mom enters rehab while dad absconds on a romantic getaway with his secretary. Left to his own devices, Maik decides to take off with Tschick, a Russian immigrant classmate who shows up one day with a stolen car. The screenplay was adapated by actor/write/director Hark Bohm, who appeared in several feature by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Cast: Anand Batbileg, Tristan Gobel, Nicole Mercedes Muller

Production Co.: Lago Film

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) StudioCanal (international).

Release Date: The project is said to be ready for the third or fourth quarter of 2016, so Akin may return to Venice, or it may be snagged by TIFF as distributor StudioCanal unleashes it on their domestic market.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)

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