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Fatih Akin prepares to don The Golden Glove

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- The Golden Globe-winning German director is preparing a story about a serial killer, which is now in post-production

Fatih Akin prepares to don The Golden Glove
Director Fatih Akin (left) and actor Jonas Dassler on set during the filming of The Golden Glove (© bombero international/Warner Bros Entertainment/Boris Laewen)

After the feel-good teenage buddy movie Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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in 2016 and the Cannes-awarded, Golden Globe-winning, terrorism-themed drama In the Fade [+see also:
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last year, German director Fatih Akin is preparing a horror-thriller entitled The Golden Glove, inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk, itself based on the real-life story of serial killer Fritz Honka, who killed and dismembered four prostitutes from Hamburg's red-light district in the 1970s. Principal photography took place in and around Hamburg this summer, from the beginning of July to mid-August.

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In The Golden Glove (in German “Zum goldenen Handschuh”, which was originally the name of the bar where the killer met his victims), Honka is played by Jonas Dassler (recently seen in Lars Kraume's The Silent Revolution [+see also:
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). The cast also includes Margarethe TieselUwe RohdeVictoria TrauttmansdorffMarc HosemannHark BohmHeinz Strunk and Tristan Göbel

The film, scripted by Akin himself and lensed by his regular DoP, Rainer Klausmann, is being produced by the director's company, bombero international, in co-production with Warner Bros Film Productions Germany and Pathé, with financial support from the German Federal Film Board/FFA (€520,000), the German Ministry of Culture (€300,000) and the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein regional film fund (€750,000).

In Germany, The Golden Glove will be released by Warner Bros Pictures Germany. The film's international sales are being handled by The Match Factory.

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