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The Golden Glove

Der Goldene Handschuh
Director: Fatih Akın
DE, FR 2019110' de, el

Hamburg-St.Pauli in the 1970s. A neighborhood of night-time entertainment and its nocturnal figures: habitual drinkers and prostitutes, gambling addicts and other lonely souls. At first glance, Fritz Honka is a pitiful loser. The man with the broken face carouses through his nights in the bar Golden Glove, chasing after lonely women. None of the regulars suspect that the apparently harmless fellow is actually a monster. 

Fatih Akin’s horror film is based on a true story and the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk. It tells the story of Fritz Honka, a man who murdered numerous women, and his favorite bar, where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing.

Curator's point of view: To sink into the enchantment of disgust, to see the comical in horror. The film has split audiences in half – the haters and admirers.