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The Cut (2014)

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In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

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This film is based on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority. One day a young family man, Nazaret Manoogian, gets deported by the Turkish authorities together with all the other Armenian men from his native village of Mardin. He becomes a forced laborer and only survives the mass murder by chance and an act of kindness, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night the devastated Nazaret learns that his daughters may still be alive and didn't die like his wife from starvation, violence or rape on death marches. Nazaret goes on a quest to find them and travels from his small village through the Mesopotamian deserts to the sea, always looking for clues that might lead him to his children. Nazaret's epic journey will take him from Asia to America, from the end to a new beginning... Written by Anonymous

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16 October 2014 (Germany)  »

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€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,880, 25 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,066, 15 November 2015
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Fatih Akin dedicated The Cut (2014) to the Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 - January 19, 2007) referring to him as his "teacher" in the film's end credits. Dink was a prominent member of the Armenian minority in Turkey and editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos. He was best known for advocating Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human rights in Turkey. Dink was prosecuted by Turkish law 3 times for "denigrating Turkishness", and received numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists, before he was assassinated in January 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist, in Istanbul. This murder happened shortly after the premiere of the documentary Screamers (2006), in which Dink is interviewed about the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the case against him under Article 301. While Ogün Samast has been taken into custody, photographs of the assassin next to smiling Turkish police members, posing with the murderer in front of the Turkish flag, have since surfaced. The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting investigations and the removal from office of those involved. At the funeral of Hrant Dink 200.000 mourners marched in protest of his assassination, chanting "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink". Criticism of Article 301 became vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal. The 2007-2008 academic year at the 'College of Europe' in Belgium was named in Dink's honour. See more »

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References America America (1963) See more »

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La Paloma
Composed by Sebastián Yradier
© Public Domain
performed by Nadia Reyes (Vocals)
Antonio Guillén, Ariannis Mariño (Guitars)
(P) 2014 Bureau B
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Nice try with good intentions, but an average movie
17 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I should say Faith Akin is currently one of the most important directors from Germany of Turkish descent. He brought a fresh spirit to German and Turkish film scene. He shows also great courage with the theme Armenian Genocide. He explains a personal story, but also takes a step to the Armenians from Turkish side, and try to say "we understand your suffering." Regrettably that is enough to be excommunicated from Turkish community, because it is still a taboo to talk about Armenian problem in such a way.

It is a pity that he missed such a great chance to create a good film with his humanistic intentions. Most of the scenes feel like staged, acting is mostly average. The main problem with the movie is the atmosphere. When I see a good movie, I forget that it is a movie and create an emotional connection with the characters. That is the most important thing for me as I evaluate a film. And it lacked completely for me. It could be the worst cinematographic work of Faith Akin till now. Still deserves above average from me.


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