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Der goldene Handschuh

Based on the true case of serial killer Fritz Honka, Fatih Akin (Gegen Die Wand) has created a portrait of a socially depraved, violent criminal, driven by misogyny, sexual greed and sentimentality.

Please note that this film is in German and Greek, with Dutch subtitles.
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Hamburg’s St. Pauli district in the 1970s is a neighbourhood of night-time entertainment and its nocturnal figures: habitual drinkers and prostitutes, gambling addicts and other lonely souls. Fritz Honka, a short man with thick horn-rimmed glasses and an unfortunate face, is one of them. An unskilled labourer, he picks up lonely older women in a sleazy bar called ‘Zum Goldenen Handschuh’. Nobody realises that he batters and strangles these women in his attic apartment, then dismembers them and disposes of their remains behind the attic wall. Distributing scented air-fresheners throughout the building to disguise the stench of decay, he blames the neighbouring Greek family for the penetrating smells.

Akin’s film is a social study of the flip side of the then recent economic miracle; it is about individuals thrown off-kilter by the war and post-war turmoil in a dark Germany wholly lacking in confidence.

Fatih Akin, Germany, France, 2019, 115 min. German & Greek spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jonas Dassler, Adam Bousdoukos, Margarete Tiesel, Marc Hosemann, Katja Studt.
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