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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #70. The Golden Glove – Fatih Akin

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #70. The Golden Glove – Fatih Akin

The Golden Glove (Der goldene Handschuh)

Germany’s Fatih Akin turns to horror for his tenth feature, The Golden Glove, which relays the true story of a 1970s serial killer who hunted prostitutes in Hamburg’s red light district. Produced by Akin and Nurhan Sekerci-Porst through his company bombero international, the film is also a co-production with Pathe and Warner Bros. Films Productions Germany. Utilizing his regular DP Rainer Klausmann, the cast includes Jonas Dassler, Margarethe Tiesel, Uwe Rohde, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Marc Hosemann, Hark Bohm, Heinz Strunk and Tristan Göbel. Akin competed in Locarno with his 1998 debut Short Sharp Shock but came to prominence in 2004 when his title Head-On won the Golden Bear in Berlin. He was invited to the Cannes competition in 2007 with The Edge of Heaven, which won Best Screenplay and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. He returned to Cannes in 2017 with In the Cut, which won Diane Kruger Best Actress and went on to snag a Golden Globe. Akin’s Soul Kitchen brought him to Venice in 2009, winning the Special Jury Prize, and he returned to compete for the Lion in 2014 with The Cut.

Mubi & IONCINEMA.com

Gist: Akin adapted the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk concerning the murderous rampage of serial killer Fritz Honka (so titled for the name of the bar where he would find his victims).

Release Date/Prediction: Filmed from July to mid-August 2018, Akin will be returning to compete for the Golden Bear for the first time since winning it in 2004 at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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