Short Sharp Shock / Kurz und schmerzlos
Fatih Akin, Germany, 1998.
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Script: Fatih Akin
Producer: Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Production company: Wueste Film, ZDF
Cinematography: Frank Barbian
Editing: Andrew Bird
Music: Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Regula Grauwiller, Ralph Herforth, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Mehmet Kurtulus, Idil Uener
Running time: 100'
Costa, a Greek; Bobby, a Serb; Gabriel, a Turk: they used to be a neighborhood gang in Hamburg Altona. One for all, all for one. But much has changed since Gabriel went to prison. He has decided to grow up, but his buddies are holding him back. Bobby, in particular, still has dreams of joining the mafia. Only Alice, Bobby's girlfriend, understands Gabriel - better than she understands her boyfriend.
Locarno International Film Festival – Bronze Leopard
Bavarian Film Award 1998 for Best Young Director
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg and began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, 'Sensin - You're The One!', which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, followed by 'Weed' (1996). His first full length feature film, 'Short Sharp Shock' (1998), won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: 'In July' (2000), 'Wir haben vergessen zurueckzukehren' (2001), 'Solino' (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards 'Head-On' (2004), 'Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul' (2005), 'The Edge of Heaven' (2007), and 'Soul Kitchen' (2009).
Location and screening schedule: Dance center, Thursday, October 21st at 21.00