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The Golden Glove

Der goldene Handschuh

2019, Fatih Akin, Germany/France, 111 min.
With Jonas Dassler, Katja Studt, Margarete Tiesel

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Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 25th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 26th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 27th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 28th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Oct 30th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

“Imagine if Lucian Freud and Mike Leigh got together to make a serial-killer movie, and then Quentin Tarantino turned up…”—Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

“Menacing and grimly comedic…aesthetically speaking it remains a marvel.”—Rory O’Connor, Cinevue

Director Fatih Akin (IN THE FADE, THE EDGE OF HEAVEN) takes an atypical deep dive into grotesquery with this serial-killer story based on Heinz Strunk’s bestseller on the life of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka, set in the early Seventies in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn red light district. Not for the faint of heart, the film caused a critical furor in its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, with bizarre caricatures of scarred, rat-like Honka (Dassler, handsome co-star of THE SILENT REVOLUTION completely transformed with prosthetics) and the washed-up prostitutes, elderly bag ladies, and wasted junkies he lures to his fetid hole of an apartment to rape and murder. With mannered performances and flourishes of finely honed craft, Akin pushes his cold-blooded horror premise to the limit while spiking the plot with unsettling hints of rudely transgressive black humor. In German and Greek with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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