Venice 2014 – In Competition
Mardin, 1915: the Turkish police round up all Armenian men during the night. Young blacksmith Nazaret is separated from his family. Years later after surviving the horrors of genocide, he discovers his twin daughters are still alive. Determined to find them, Nazaret follows their tracks through the deserts of Mesopotamia, across the ocean to Havana, and eventually to the desolate prairies of North Dakota. His odyssey carries him through a diverse array of extraordinary encounters: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.
Starring Tahar Rahim (A PROPHET, THE PAST, DAY OF THE FALCON). An epic adventure of survival from the award-winning director of SOUL KITCHEN (Venice 2009 Special Jury Prize), EDGE OF HEAVEN (Cannes 2007 Best Screenplay) and HEAD ON (Berlinale 2004 Golden Bear).
THE CUT concludes Fatih Akin's trilogy “Liebe, Tod und Teufel” (Love, Death, and the Devil). While HEAD ON (2004) showed the determination of a young German-Turkish woman to live her own life, and how she learns that love and pain are only separated by a hair's width, THE EDGE OF HEAVEN presented the lives of six people whose paths briefly crossed without any of them making any real impact on the other, united only by death. THE CUT now tackles the devil figure. It is about the evil side of human nature, about what we inflict on others, whether deliberately or unwittingly, as it is always a thin line that divides good from evil. This conclusion of the trilogy again presents Fatih Akin's very personal vision: “THE CUT has become an extremely personal movie. Thematically, it explores my own conscience, and formally it expresses my passion for the medium of film.“
Makram J. Khoury