Director, writer and producer Fatih Akin wins this year’s Integration Award of the island of Norderney at 27th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney. Akin was born 1973 in Hamburg, Germany, as son of Turkish immigrants and has become Germany’s most successful and internationally acclaimed “auteur”. In his outstanding cinematic masterpieces like “Head-on” (Golden Bear for Best Film at 54th Berlin International Film Festival) and “The Edge of Heaven” (Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival) Fatih Akins often portrays characters, that are torn between Orient and the Occident. His visual and narrative style expresses tolerance, humanism and togetherness, says the motivation of this year’s jury, which consists of the filmmakers Beatrix Schwehm, Ali Samadi Ahadi and Eric Friedler. Fatih Akin will be on Norderney June 4th to receive the award in presence of the honorary patron Christian Wulff, former Federal President. After the award ceremony, Fatih Akin’s box office hit “Soul Kitchen” will be screened at the Kurtheater Norderney 7.30 pm.
Awarded for the first time in 2015, the island of Norderney’s Integration Award is intended for film makers whose work has rendered outstanding services to the social co-existence and/or reconciliation of people with different cultural backgrounds, religious convictions or political systems. The Integration Award of the Island of Norderney has a purse of € 5,000 and the award winner is decided on by a jury of experts.
Picture: Fatih Akin (copyright by Vanessa Maas)