Naked Lunch Radio #41 – Crossing Heaven Head On (The Fatih Atkin special)

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Born in Germany as the son of Turkish parents, the 30-year-old director is a child of globalization: like the musician Manu Chao, he samples and remixes elements from a diversity of cultures, material easily available to his generation for the first time. «We grew up with the video recorder – and my great role models were not from Europe. Neo-Realism or Film Noir, that didn’t come until later. In the beginning I was really keen on American cinema: love, violence, action, simply good stories! And making films enabled him to approach his own roots and arrive at the insight that tradition need not mean just raking in the ashes: «I was lucky, I had the opportunity to work in Turkey and to get to know the country in that way. We German-Turks are like aliens for those over there in Turkey. So we have to keep on going over there and examining our own history. We can learn a lot and then make it into something new.

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  2. anna says

    Sorry, I should have been clearer, by German-Turkish I mean he comes from a Turkish family, but was born and raised in Germany. As you said in the podcast, there’s a very large Turkish minority in Germany, they even have their very own wikipedia entry:

    Yes, I suspected that “Short Sharp Shock” especially might be difficult to find outside of Germany. “In July” should be easier. It’s not as sophisticated as his later films, but still a lot of fun (imo). It’s worth seeing for this scene alone:

  3. Ricky says

    Hmmm! Thanks for the info. I had no idea he was part German. Also I am having troulbe finding his earlier movies but I am still on the look out for them.

  4. anna says

    Sorry, it’s “Short Sharp Shock”, obviously. ;)

  5. anna says

    I really wouldn’t call Fatih Akin a “Turkish film director”, he’s German-Turkish and was born and raised in Germany. Don’t take me wrong, it’s just that by limiting him to one part of his roots you ignore a very important part of his identity.
    If you get the chance, you should really check out his earlier films, especially “Kurz und schmerzlos” (“Shart Sharp Shock”). “Im Juli” is fun as well, just don’t expect a masterpiece. ;)

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