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Plot, Details & Awards

Head-On

Not Rated In Theaters 01/21/2005 , 122min.
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Plot & Details

German-born Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin writes and directs the drama Gegen die Wand (Head-On). Set in a working-class Hamburg neighborhood, the story follows two Turkish immigrants who get together in a marriage of convenience. Cahit Tomruk (Birol Ünel) is a heavy drinker and a fighter who crashes his car into a wall. While visiting his psychiatrist, Dr. Schiller (Hermann Lause), he meets fellow patient Sibel Guner (Sibel Kekilli). She's desperate to get away from her restrictive family, so she asks Cahit to marry her. Wanting to change his life anyway, Cahit agrees to the arrangement. After their wedding, Sibel celebrates her freedom by drinking, dancing, and having one-night stands. Meanwhile, Cahit carries on an intimate relationship with hair stylist Maren (Catrin Striebeck). Eventually, Cahit and Sibel learn to care for one another after a climactic trip to Istanbul. Head-On won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 National Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film Won

Seattle International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Seattle International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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