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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:19 PM

President Sargsyan attends Yerevan premiere of Fatih Akin's film

20:28, 30 Jan 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

President Serzh Sargsyan, Chairman of the State Commission
Coordinating the Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the
Armenian Genocide attended today the screening of the film The Cut -
an Armenian Genocide movie by Fatih Akin, a Germany-based award
winning Turkish director.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:22 AM

19:13 11/02/2015 » POLITICS

Azerbaijani media protests against Baku cinemas because of trailer of film about Armenian Genocide titled ‘‘The Cut’’

Azerbaijani media are sounding an alarm: in movie theaters Baku broadcasts the trailer of the movie "The Cut" by Fatih Akin, German director of Turkish origin, according to the contract of the distributor with the Universal Pictures Company, where can be found a universal point of demonstrating an advertising campaign and trailers before the film would start. 

Yusif Sheikhov, the head of the department of the Film Propaganda Department and Film Regestration at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in an interview with the site "1news.az" stated that the demonstration of the trailer of the film "The Cut" in Azerbaijan is unacceptable. "Yes, the display of advertisements before the demonstration of the film is a common practice for our cinemas, in most cases this is done on the basis of the contract signed between the distributor and the cinemas. But in these contracts the peculiarities of the partners and the specific situations cannot be ignored. The situation that occurred in cinemas is simply outrageous," assured Yusif Sheyhov. 

The site called those cinemas that, in accordance with commitments towards Universal Pictures, continue demonstration of the trailer of the film about the Armenian Genocide "unscrupulous".

The film "The Cut" tells about Nazareth Manukyan, an Armenian who escapes during the Armenian Genocide. Years later, he accidentally discovers that his twin daughters might be saved too, and begins looking for them and comes to North Dakota. The film that lasts 138 minutes is in English, the writer and director of the film is Martik Martin. At 71 Venice Film Festival it was presented also with a German dubbing. Arsine Khanjian, Simon Abgaryan, Akin Gazin and others are staring in the film.

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 09:04 AM

Fatih Akin's THE CUT Opens September 18th in NY & LA

16 hours ago 11/09/15


Directed by Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, Soul Kitchen)

Written by Fatih Akin and Mardik Martin (Mean Streets, New York, New
York, Raging Bull)

Starring Tahar Rahim (A Prophet)

Opens in New York (Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine) and Los
Angeles (Sundance Sunset Cinema, Laemmle Playhouse 7 and Laemmle Royal
Theatre) on September 18th followed by a national rollout

THE CUT is Fatih Akin's epic drama about one man's journey through the
Ottoman Empire after surviving the 1915 Armenian genocide. Deported
from his home in Mardin, Nazareth (A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) moves
onwards as a forced laborer. When he learns that his daughters may
still be alive, his hope is revived and he travels to America, via
Cuba, to find them. Co-written by Armenian screenwriter, USC professor
and Martin Scorsese collaborator Mardik Martin (Raging Bull, Mean
Streets, New York, New York)THE CUT was an official selection of the
Venice and Film Festival, and opens on Friday, September 18 in NY and
LA followed by a national release. This year marks the 100th
anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

One night, the Turkish police round up all the Armenian men in the
city, including the young blacksmith, Nazaret Manoogian, who gets
separated from his family. Years later, after managing to survive the
horrors of the genocide, he hears that his twin daughters are still
alive. Determined to find them, he sets off to track them down, his
search taking 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.

One of his generation's most influential European directors,
German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg to Turkish
immigrant parents. His 2004 breakthrough film Head-On, a Hamburg-set
love story between two young self-destructive Turks in revolt against
tradition, won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear, The European
Film Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best
Foreign Language Film. Next came Akin's documentary about the music
scene in Istanbul, Crossing the Bridge ` The Sound of Istanbul,
followed by The Edge of Heaven, winner of the 2007 Cannes Film
Festival's Best Screenplay; New York, I Love You, the compilation film
for which he directed an episode; the comedy Soul Kitchen, winner of
the Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize; and Polluting Paradise, a
documentary about environmental damage in the Turkish village of his
ancestors. THE CUT is Mr. Akin's final film in his trilogy about
`Love, Death and the Devil' following Head On and The Edge of Heaven.
THE CUT's production designer is Academy Award winner Allan Starski
(Schindler's List.)

French-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim won two Césars for Most Promising
Actor and Best Actor for his breakthrough role in Jacques Audiard's A
Prophet. He has worked with Chinese director Lou Ye (Love and
Bruises), Scottish director Kevin MacDonald (The Eagle) as well as
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse's (Our Children). Rahim was most
recently seen by US audiences in Asghar Farhadi's The Past.

`THE CUT is a genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just
don't make anymore. In other words, a deeply personal response to a
tragic historical episode, that has great intensity, beauty and
sweeping grandeur. This picture is very precious to me, on many
levels.' ' Martin Scorsese




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Posted 16 September 2015 - 09:52 AM

Village Voice
Sept 15 2015

Armenian Genocide Epic `The Cut' Is a Demanding but Rewarding Journey

By Alan Scherstuhl

This epic of genocide, exile, and fortitude offers raw emotion and
marvelous vistas ' and is also a demanding sit, as epics of genocide
and exile probably should be.

Director Fatih Akin has taken on 1915's Armenian genocide, but his
ambitious film isn't just interested in harrowing us with mass
slaughter, though that material is effective. The Cut's mold-breaking
second half follows father Nazaret (Tahar Rahim), mute after a
stabbing from a Turkish soldier, traveling the globe in search of the
twin daughters he lost in the conflict ' adorable girls introduced in
the film's worst scene, when, on a pre-war family jaunt, Nazaret spies
a crane overhead and notes that this is a portent of "going on a long

That journey goes on longer than you might expect, proving dangerous
and frustrating: Nazaret scraps his way to Havana and then into the
United States, forever one city behind the last remains of his family.
The story wears on, but the photography (captured by cinematographer
Rainer Klausmann) is wonderful, this world of trains and wilderness
rendered beautiful and terrifying, the deserts of the first half
echoed in deadly majesty by the snowscapes of the ending.

Ultimately, the film's wearying qualities pay off both as
verisimilitude ' you do feel like you've been through something ' and
as awe-inspiring history, making visceral art out of a global
migration. Ever wondered why you can find traditional Armenian food at
cafés while road-tripping the Dakotas? See The Cut.

The Cut
Directed by Fatih Akin
Strand Releasing
Opens September 18, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark Sunshine


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