With so many psychos in theatres, a look at Fatih Akin’s ‘The Golden Glove’, which premiered at Berlinale 2019

Posted on February 6, 2020


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This is the season of serial killers. In Tamil, we have Mysskin’s Psycho, where women are beheaded and their headless corpses – clad only in underwear – are put out on display for the public. In Malayalam, we have Midhun Manuel Thomas’ Anjaam Pathiraa, where cops are killed, and their eyes and heart are gouged out. And in Telugu, we have Ramana Teja’s Aswathama, about a serial sex offender. But in terms of sheer squint-your-eyes disgust, nothing compares to Fatih Akin’s The Golden Glove, which premiered in the Competition section at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

The film is based on Heinz Strunk’s novel of the same name, and it’s based on Fritz Honka, who killed four women between 1970 and 1975 and hid parts of their corpses in his apartment. The first scene – set in Hamburg, in 1970 – shows a woman on Honka’s bed. She appears asleep, but she’s dead. Honka stuffs her into a plastic bag and begins to drag it down the stairs. Each step resounds with a sickening thud as the body bumps against it. Hearing the noise, a door opens in the floor below. It’s a curious child. Honka scares it with the kind of exaggerated gestures you’d adopt to portray a monster in a fairy tale.

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