I am not going to discover anything new but Quentin Tarantino was a key influence to change the history of cinema. In a time where independent movies meant boredom most of the times, the action movie stars started to become a parody of themselves with starring dumb flicks, and thrillers were lacking of any interesting ideas, two astonishing and totally fresh titles arose to show the world that originality was not a matter of a budget or a name, that the most important thing was a good idea and the passion to carry it on. Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994) were essential for opering the doors for young filmmakers across the world to develop their craziest ideas, and convince the producers to bet on new talents to bring up their creativity.
In Germany, two movies outstanded from the rest in the new action dynamic thrillers style, Thomas Jahn’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1997) and Fatih Akin’s Head-On (aka Gegen die Wand) (2004). Getting internationally renowed since his drama thriller Head-On (2004), Fatih Akin has had a successful career, achieving many awards, and being responsible for a good collection of titles in where can outstand the delicious music documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005), the dramas Soul Kitchen (2009), The Edge of Heaven (2007) and Tschick (2016), and the action thriller In the Fade (2017). Now he is back with a sordid horror movie entitled The Golden Glove (2019).
In The Golden Glove (or Der Goldene Handschuh in the original German language) (2019), a serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s. It is an adaptation of Heinz Strunk’s eponymous novel and tells the story of the German serial killer Fritz Honka who murdered four women between 1970 and 1975 and hid the parts of dead bodies in his apartment. The Golden Glove is named after the pub in the red-light district of Hamburg where the defaced alcoholic Honka met his victims. Fatih Akin also wrote the screenplay for the adaptation.
Jonas Dassler, Katja Studt, Margarete Tiesel, Adam Bousdoukos, Martina Eitner-Acheampong, Marc Hosemann, Tristan Göbel, Greta Sophie Schmidt, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, and Hark Bohm form the main cast. The Golden Glove (2019) had its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear. It has also been part of the line-up of several European and Asian festivals including Imagine Film Festival, Lyon Festival Hallucinations Collectives, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Odesa International Film Festival and Octopus Film Festival. The reception has been quite positive and it has achieved mostly positive reviews.
Here you can watch the new trailer for The Golden Glove (2019):
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