In our Cannes Film Festival predictions, we were feeling pretty good about Fatih Akin's "The Cut" making the lineup. He's already a fave at the fest, winning the screenplay prize in 2007 for “The Edge of Heaven,” and just last year he was on the ground with his documentary “Polluting Paradise.” And it certainly seemed like everything was gearing up for his latest to bring him back to the south of France, but it seems there was a hiccup somewhere along the way.
Cineuropa reports that Akin has pulled "The Cut" from Cannes citing "personal reasons," and that's about all the explanation that's available right now. The film, the final chapter in his “Love, Death and the Devil” trilogy, stars Tahar Rahim and plot details have been scarce. But the director did reveal a rather interesting tidbit at the beginning of the year teasing, "Tahar doesn’t say a word throughout the film and he is a bit like Charlie Chaplin, but at the same time, he is a typical western character, like Sergio Leone." Other than that, thematically, the movie is said to explore the mankind's inherent evil.
Pulling a film from Cannes is no small decision, and while we'll have to wait for more details on why Akin won't be coming, it seems it won't be impacting the film's planned fall release on October 16th in Germany. And indeed, "The Cut" is expected to premiere at Venice or Toronto (or another fall festival) instead, later in the year.