Berlinale: Fatih Akin’s ‘The Golden Glove’ immerses audiences in gruesome world of real-life serial killer

"If you do such a film, and the way how I did it, I knew that this is not made for the Oscars circle," says German director Fatih Akin.

Photo of Jonas Dassler in Fatih Akin's "The Golden Glove." © Gordon Timpen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.

Fatih Akin’s latest film about real-life serial killer Fritz Honka is one people are talking about. Some critics have called the “The Golden Glove,” an adaptation of Heinz Strunk’s bestseller, “disturbing” and “nauseating.”

The film, set in the 1970s, shows the dark world of Fritz Honka and how he lured his victims from a Hamburg dive bar to his filthy apartment. German director Fatih Akin tells us why he took on the topic and how he considers the story, in part, a reflection on post-war Germany.

“The Golden Glove,” is a Competition film at this year’s Berlinale. Fatih Akin’s film, “Head-On,” won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2004.