Fatih Akin, 2004
Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.
Set among Hamburg's Turkish community, and in Istanbul, Faith Akin's postpunk romance Head-On has captured dozens of festival awards—among them, last year's top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Award for best film.
Faith Akin's Head-On is celebrated as the first "ethnic" film to be both a box-office and a critical sensation in Germany, suggesting a new openness to multicultural experiences. The film chronicles an incendiary romance between two burned-out Turkish-German lost souls joined in a marriage of convenience—a wannabe actress taking extreme measures to escape her Muslim family and an aging punk rocker still addicted to a drug-fueled lifestyle. Time Out asked, "Could Head-On be the strangest, sweetest love story since Sid and Nancy?"
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