CSS: Gegen die Wand/ Head-On/ r.Fatih Akin, 2004// afterset: Dex

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Joi/Tuesday, 05.10,  8 pm.

Intrare liberă/ Free entry!


Film: starting at 20.00
After-set: around 22.00, right after the film ends
Gegen die Wand// Head-On (r. Fatih Akin, 2004)

Destruction and renewal, life and death, seem uniquely close in this film. The director, Fatih Akin, explores the very fragile thread upon which life hangs. Not only do the two main characters meet after their respective suicide attempts but they go on pushing themselves to the boundary between life and death. Sibel picks up a beer bottle and takes it deftly to her wrists in a bar in her attempt to persuade Cahit into the sham marriage, Cahit squashes his hands into a mound of broken glass when he realizes how desperately he loves Sibel, she deliberately and repeatedly provokes a gang of youths to attack her in the streets of Istanbul until they stab her and leave her for dead. And yet despite these various attempts to destroy themselves these two characters seem more alive than almost any I’ve seen on screen. Perhaps it is because of their repeated attempts to die that they seem somehow indestructible. There is something irrepressible about them, some force of vital energy, which engages the viewer in all their bubbling joys and deep misery. It is this and the brilliantly timed comic touches which keep us watching what would otherwise be simply a deeply distressing and horrific film. Akin wants us to see that it is in pushing the boundaries of our lives, in taking risks, in going outside of the normal and routine that we really begin to live. When Sibel rejects the job as a hotel cleaner offered to her by her cousin in Istanbul, she claims that she sees no life in simply working all day and coming home to sleep. She needs risk, she needs challenge, she invites misery and despair because these, to her, are essential to life.



Dex as a DJ was born in 2007, by the will of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Afro and Reggae and with the blessing of all things Broken and Electronic. His father is Bass and his mother is Nature. He has only one brother that goes by the name of Scratch.

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