Festival de Cannes 70: Fatih Akın, 2007

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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A truly grounded, seductively powerful drama, the Turkish-German production The Edge of Heaven (English / Auf der anderen Seite (German) / Yaşamın Kıyısında (Turkish) was a well-chosen winner of the Prix du scénario (Screenplay prize) at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by the naturally gifted Fatih Akın, this is a movie so well crafted scene-for-scene, it is sheer bliss to watch and absorb, even in its dark, sullen moments – to which it has ample. Going the long way around, super-effectively so, the narrative is casually segmented into chapter’s labelled based on character demises, though this is hardly just about dying at all. The artistically refined characters we track center around a lonely old man, a desperate “woman of the night”, a reflective, troubled son, a rebelious, estranged daughter, a good-hearted student. There are amidst the drama, too, memorable contemplative moments, as well as an immaculately composed pacing. Akın, of course, is back at Cannes this year with yet another eagerly anticipated film, In the Fade.

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