Fatih Akin caused a stir earlier this year when he withdrew ‘The Cut’ from the Cannes Film Festival for personal reasons but amid rumours that it followed Thierry Frémaux’s refusal to guarantee the film a definite place in the main competition lineup. It concludes his ‘Love, Death and the Devil’ trilogy after ‘Head-On’, a defining film of the German new-wave, and ‘The Edge of Heaven’, which won best screenplay at Cannes and the European Film Awards. Tahar Rahim plays an Armenian who crosses continents a hundred years ago searching for his daughters separated during ethnic cleansing of his people but it has obvious contemporary resonances in tackling displacement and racial hatred full on. Time will tell whether Frémaux missed a trick.
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