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Venice Review: Fatih Akin’s ‘The Cut’ Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 31, 2014 8:32 AM
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When Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin pulled “The Cut” from the Cannes slate citing “personal reasons,” the rumor mill went to work overtime. Certainly, Cannes would have seemed like the natural home for the filmmaker’s next opus, so if, as was suggested, he had not been guaranteed the competition slot that his profile surely demanded, what could the reason be? Politics? Pique? Some internecine beef we weren’t aware of? Within all that gossip, however, one possible explanation never really entered the mix: that the film would not be very good. Akin’s track record alone, including such terrific, joltingly energetic, critically lauded and awarded titles as “Head-on” and “The Edge of Heaven” (the first two films in a thematic trilogy that “The Cut” is mooted to complete) seemed to put that beyond the realm of possibility. And in truth, it’s not not very good. It’s close to a disaster.

Fatih Akin Explains Why He Pulled 'The Cut' From Cannes & How It's Influenced By Terrence Malick & Martin Scorsese

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 12:57 PM
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The Venice Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and among our 10 Most Anticipated Films of the fest is Fatih Akin's "The Cut," but it's arriving on the Lido with a bit of baggage. Earlier this year, a minor stir resulted when the filmmaker pulled his movie from the Cannes Film Festival citing "personal reasons." It was inevitable Akin would be asked about the decision, but as it turns out, the explanation isn't quite as controversial as you might think.

Venice Trailer: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim Plus Official Synopsis And First Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 7:02 AM
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Some slight waves were made earlier this year when Fatih Akin pulled his forthcoming "The Cut" from the Cannes Film Festival citing "personal reasons." So we figured the movie would wind up somewhere else on the 2014 fall festival slate, and indeed, it's now at Venice and the first trailer has arrive.

Director Fatih Akin Pulls 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim From The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 9:42 AM
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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.

Fatih Akin Says Tahar Rahim Goes Charlie Chaplin/Sergio Leone-Style Silent In His Upcoming 'The Cut'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 11:00 AM
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Nearly a year ago, word first dropped that director Fatih Akin would be teaming up with Tahar Rahim for "The Cut." There weren't many details at the time, except that the film would cap off the filmmaker's "love, death and the devil" trilogy started with "Head-On" and followed by "The Edge Of Heaven" (he took a break from the trilogy to helm the frothy comedy "Soul Kitchen" in 2009 and has also done some documentaries in between as well). But some fascinating new word on the project once again has us curious about the movie.

'A Prophet' Star Tahar Rahim To Star In Fatih Akin's Next 'The Cut'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 9:46 AM
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When your major debut thrusts you into the limelight the way that Tahar Rahim's turn in "A Prophet" did, it'd be easy to take the first big paycheck that comes along and run with it. But aside from his warrior in "The Eagle" (which, while it didn't turn out so well, at least looked more interesting on paper than most Hollywood fare), the French star has resisted the fast buck, preferring instead to work with international auteurs like Lou Ye, Ismael Ferroukhi and Jean-Jacques Annaud, a laudable position for an actor who's clearly much in demand.

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