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A First Look at Fatih Akin's 'The Cut,' Pulled from Cannes

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2014 at 2:14PM

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.
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Fatih Akin

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.

The Cut poster


This article is related to: Fatih Akin, Tahar Rahim, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.