Ger­man shows hor­ror of se­rial killer

Film­maker Fatih Akin de­fends flick af­ter # Me­Too crit­i­cism

The Asian Age - - Newsmakers -

Ber­lin: One of Ger­many’s most ac­claimed directors, Fatih Akin, hit back Satur­day at crit­i­cism of his new film about a re­al­life se­rial killer, The Golden Glove, charg­ing that it ex­ploits the fe­male vic­tims.

Akin, who won a Golden Globe award last year for his ter­ror­ism drama In the Fade star­ring Diane Kruger, in­sisted the ul­tra­vi­o­lent new pic­ture aimed to grant “dig­nity” to both the killer and the slain women.

“We are liv­ing in a time in which the dis­cus­sion about sex­ual vi­o­lence is ev­ery­where and that is jus­ti­fied,” Akin told re­porters at the Ber­lin film fes­ti­val, where the pic­ture pre­miered. “But when you make a film about sex­ual vi­o­lence, you have to show it,” he said af­ter fac­ing sev­eral pointed ques­tions.

Akin said he had no de­sire to “glo­rify” vi­o­lence against women with the film’s scenes graph­i­cally de­pict­ing sex­ual tor­ture, mur­der and dis­mem­ber­ment which many view­ers said left them feel­ing queasy.

He said he had shown the film to pimps he knew from his home­town Ham­burg’s red- light dis­trict, where the movie is set. “You can talk to them un­til you’re blue in the face about how wrong vi­o­lence against women is and # Me­Too and it goes in one ear and out the other,” Akin said.

“But if people who have com­mit­ted vi­o­lence against women say ‘( this movie’s) too bru­tal for me’, then maybe it’s naive but I’m hope­ful that the film will have an im­pact on them.” Akin said for all the height­ened sen­si­tiv­ity around sex­ual mis­con­duct in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, it should not be used to sti­fle artis­tic free­dom.

“Of course you think about # Me­Too stuff and I sup­port it,” he said. “But it should not... Cre­ate cen­sor­ship.” Akin, who has billed the film a “hor­ror movie”, based it on au­thor Heinz Strunk’s novel of the same ti­tle, named for the seedy pub where the real killer Fritz Honka met his vic­tims. Most were al­co­holics who went home with men in ex­change for liquor.

— AP

( From left) Bebe Rexha, Ciara, Rita Ora and Rocsi Diaz ar­rive at the pre- Grammy Gala at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day.


A vis­i­tor looks at a paint­ing, en­ti­tled “Study of the head and clasped hands of a young man as Christ in prayer”, oil on oak panel, by Dutch painter Rem­brandt on dis­play at the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi. The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, the first mu­seum to carry the famed name out­side of France, an­nounced on Sun­day it would roll out works by Dutch mas­ters Rem­brandt and Ver­meer this month.

Fatih Akin

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