Colors of Turkey

Festival Program

Turkish Directors Abroad at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(Kisa ve Acisiz / Kurz und schmerzlos)
Directed and written by Fatih Akin 
Original Story by Oliver Storz
Cast: Mehmet Kurtulus, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Adam Bousdoukos, Regula Grauwiller, Idil Üner, Ralph Herforth
1998, 100 minutes
In German with English subtitles
Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Boston
Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 6:00pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue





Gabriel the Turk, Bobby the Serb and Costa the Greek are three friends who used to form a neighborhood gang in Altona district of Hamburg. One for all, all for one. But much has changed since Gabriel went to prison. The day when Gabriel is finally released from prison, he's changed: during his sentence he has grown up and no longer wants to be mixed up in petty delinquency. His previous partners in crime cannot grasp Gabriel's decision. Costa keeps himself afloat through petty theft whilst Bobby dreams of a career in the local Mafia. Despite his girlfriend Alice's resistance and Gabriel's warnings, Bobby gets to know one of the Albanian Mafia godfathers, Muhammer Meanwhile, Gabriel and Alice fall in love, and despite their guilt, carry on a passionate affair behind Bobby's back... KURZ UND SCHMERZLOS takes us into the life of Hamburg's ethnic minority communities and the city's criminal milieu through three sympathetic characters, whose dreams of upward social mobility clash with reality.
Festivals and Awards:
Adolf Grimme Award, Germany (2001)
Distribution Award, Festival de Film d'Adventures de Valenciennes, France (1999)
Jean Carmet Award (Aleksandar Jovanovic), Angers European First Film Festival, France (1999) 
Outstanding Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, German Film Awards (1999)
Best Young Director, Bavarian Film Award, Germany (1999)
Bronze Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival  (1998)
Best Actor (Mehmet Kurtulus), International Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (1998)


Director FATIH AKIN:

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg. His parents are Turkish. He studied Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. By this time he started collaborating with Wueste Film. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin… You're The One!" (Sensin… Du bist es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, Weed (Getuerkt, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full-length feature film, "Short Sharp Shock" (Kurz und schmerzlos, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. 
Selected Filmography:
Soul Kitchen (2005)
Crossing the Bridge (2005)
Gegen die Wand (Head-On, 2004)
Solino (2002)
Im Juli (In July, 2000)
Kurz und schmerzlos (Short Sharp Shock, 1998)
Getürkt (Weed, 1996)
Sensin - Du bist es! (Sensin... You're the One!, 1995)