Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg in 1973, son of Turkish immigrants. On completing high school, he studied Visual Communications at the Hamburger Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK). His debut as a film director was in 1998 with “Kurz und schmerzlos” ("Short Sharp Shock"). For his fourth film, “Head-On”, Fatih Akin was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, the German Film Award and the European Film Award. In 2005, he was a member of the jury at Cannes International Film Festival, where he also celebrated the world premiere of his film "Auf der anderen Seite" ("The Edge of Heaven") in 2007. The film received the Best Screenplay Award.
Fatih Akin works as a director and producer in Hamburg.
Mardin, 1915: one night, the Turkish gendarmerie round up all the Armenian men. The young blacksmith Nazaret Manoogian is separated from his family. After he manages to escape the horror of the genocide, years later he learns that his twin daughters also survived. Obsessed with the idea of finding them, he begins looking. His search takes him from the deserts of Mesopotamis via Havanna to the prairies of North Dakota. On his odyssey, he meets all varieties of humanity: angelically good characters, but also the devil in human form.
With The Cut, Fatih Akin completes his trilogy Love, Death and Devils. Gegen die Wand [Head-On] (2004) tells of the uncompromising will to live of a young German-Turkish woman, who has to experience that there is often only a hair's breadth between pain and love. Auf der anderen Seite [The Edge of Heaven] (2007) is the story of six people whose paths cross without touching. Only death brings them together. The Cut deals with the devil. The film is about the evil in humans, about what we do to other people. Unconsciously or willingly, because the boundary between good and evil is often fluid. The last part of the trilogy is also marked by Fatih Akin's world view: "The Cut became a very personal film: its content addresses my conscience and its form addresses my love for the cinema."