Fatih Akin raised eyebrows this year when he pulled his new film, "The Cut," from the Cannes lineup just days before it was due to premiere. He did so "for personal reasons," the German director said, but Jeffrey Wells reports a nugget of gossip that Akin had done so because Cannes director Thierry Frémaux wouldn't offer him a definite spot in the competition lineup.
"The Cut" is the conclusion to Akin's Love Death, and the Devil trilogy, which includes "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven," and stars French actor Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet," "The Past"). Akin has described Rahim's wordless character as "a bit like Charlie Chaplain" and also "a typical western character, like Sergio Leone."
"The Cut" should be ready in time to make the fall festival circuit. Below, take a look at the film's poster--the first official glimpse so far at Akin's new project.