Fatih Akin

Award winning filmmaker brings Turkish roots to German cinema

Faith AkinAs a German of Turkish descent, Fatih Akin brings acclaim to both his homeland and his adopted country.

Born in Hamburg, Akin studied film at the Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation he worked in the industry before setting up his own production company. He also found the time to act as a visiting professor at Hamburg University and sit as a juror on prestigious international film awards in Cannes and Berlin.

His own films have won plenty of awards. Akin’s first major work “Sensin – Du Bist Es!” won the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. More recently, his full-length feature “Edge of Heaven” took home prizes for best director, best screenplay and a LUX prize from the European Parliament.

In his life and work, Akin continues to blend his Turkish heritage and German nationality to help both cultures come closer together.