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[ecrea] New Book - Fatih Akin's HEAD-ON

Wed Jul 08 09:22:42 GMT 2015

Fatih Akin’s award-winning film GEGEN DIE WAND is widely taught on
European and transnational cinema courses. I hope that my new book,
which has just been published in the BFI Film Classics Series, will open
up new perspectives.

When /Head-On/ (/Gegen die Wand/, 2004) won the Golden Bear at the
Berlin International Film Festival, it was hailed as a turning point for
German cinema. Not only was this unconventional love story the first
German film in eighteen years to win the prestigious award, but the
success of writer-director Fatih Akin was also celebrated as the revival
of German auteur cinema. Meanwhile Turkey claimed Akin as its own
prodigal son and his film a victory for Turkish cinema.

Daniela Berghahn provides a detailed and entertaining account of the
film's artistic inspirations, its production history and the debates
that surrounded it in the German and Turkish press. Arguing that much of
the media discourse on Turkish German identity politics detracted from
Akin's remarkable artistic achievement, Berghahn instead situates
/Head-On/ in the critical contexts of global art cinema and
transnational melodrama. This comparative approach excavates new layers
of meaning and offers highly original insights into Akin's landmark film.

Best wishes,

Daniela Berghahn

*Daniela Berghahn*
*Professor of Film Studies*
*Director of Research*
*Department of Media Arts*
*Royal Holloway, University of London*
*TW20 0EX*
*T: +44 (0)1784 443838*
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