The Golden Glove
by Fatih Akin
Hamburg-St.Pauli in the 1970s: At first glance, Fritz «Fiete» Honka is a pitiful loser. The man with the broken face carouses through his nights in the neighborhood dive, the «Golden Glove», chasing after lonely women. None of the regulars suspect that the apparently harmless Fiete isactually a monster. Fatih Akin’s horror film THE GOLDEN GLOVE is based on a true story and the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk. It tells the story of Fritz Honka, a man who murdered numerous women, and his favorite bar, the «Golden Glove», where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing.
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany. His international breakthrough came with Head-On winner of the Golden Bear, as well as the German and European Film Award. He documented the diversity of the Istanbul music scene in CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL. His 2007 feature HE EDGE OF HEAVEN won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes. The following year, he directed an episode for the compilation film New York, I LOVE YOU. In his comedy SOUL KITCHEN, he created a monument to his hometown and won the Special Jury Prize in Venice. For his documentary POLLUTING PARADISE, Akin followed the environmental damage in the Turkish village of his ancestors for many years. His 2014 feature THE CUT premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Director/Writer Fatih Akin
Based on the novel «Der goldene Handschuh» by Heinz Strunk
Casting Monique Akin
Producers Nurhan Şekerci-Porst, Fatih Akin, Herman Weigel
Co-Producers Willi Geike, Jérôme Seydoux, Sophie Seydoux, Ardavan Safaee,
Director of Photography Rainer Klausmann, bvk
Editors Andrew Bird, Franziska Schmidt-Kärner, bfs
Production Design Tamo Kunz
Costume Designer Katrin Aschendorf
Make Up Maike Heinlein, Daniel Schröder, Lisa Edelmann
Music FM Einheit
Production Sound Mixer Joern Martens
Sound Supervisor Kai Storck
Sound Re-recording Mixer Richard Borowski
Line Producer Klaus Spinnler
1st Assistant Director Scott Kirby
format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 115 min.
original language German, Greek