The cut

Ruptura / The Cut
2014 / 138 min / Germany
Script Fatih Akin
Directing Fatih Akin
Cinematographer Rainer Klausmann
Editing Andrew Bird
Music Alexander Hacke
Producer Fatih Akin, Karl Baumgartner / Bombero International
Tahar Rahim Nazaret Manoogian
Sion Abkarian Krikor
Hindi Zahra Rakel

Mardin, 1915: one night, the Turkish police rounds up all the Armenian men in the city, including the young blacksmith, Nazaret Manoogian, who is separated from his family. Years later, after managing to survive the horrors of the genocide, he hears that his two daughters are also still alive. He becomes fixated on the idea of finding them and sets off to track them down. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.


Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany from Turhish parents. His first film was Short Sharp Shock which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award in Locarno. His fourth work, Head-On (Gegen die Wand) was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards. In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. In 2009 he directed Soul Kitchen. He has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven. His last film The Cut is based on the Armenian Genocide, was nominated for Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival) and won Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award - Special Mention.