63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Xatar’s path from the ghetto to the top of the music charts is a dramatic adventure story. From the hell of an Iraqi prison, Giwar Hajabi came to Germany as a young boy with his family in the mid-1980s and landed at the very bottom. There were opportunities, but many more stumbling blocks. In no time, he went from a petty criminal to a big-time dealer until a shipment goes missing. To settle his debts with the cartel, Giwar plans a legendary gold heist.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Fatih Akin
Script: Fatih Akin
Cinematography: Rainer Klausmann
Editing: Andrew Bird
Sound: Michel Schöpping
Music: Giwar Hajabi aka Xatar
Actors: Emilio Sakraya, Kardo Razzazi, Mona Pirzad, Arman Kashani, Hüseyin Top, Sogol Faghani
Production: Bombero International
Producers: Nurhan Şekerci-Porst, Fatih Akin, Herman Weigel
Co-production: Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH, Palosanto Film, RAI Cinema, lemming film
Costumes: Katrin Aschendorf
Production Design: Tim Pannen
Make Up: Maike Heinlein
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany, The Netherlands, Morocco, Mexico
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 138΄
Distribution in Greece: Rosebud.21
Contact: The Match Factory

Fatih Akin

A screenwriter, director and producer, he was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Turkish immigrants. He studied at the University of Fine Arts. After making two short films, he achieved his breakthrough in 1998 with his debut feature Short Sharp Shock. His international success came with the melodrama Head-On, for which he won the Golden Bear, the German Film and the European Film Awards. He documented the diversity of the Istanbul music scene in Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul. His next feature film The Edge of Heaven won the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes 2007


1998 Short Sharp Shock
2000 In July
2002 Solino
2004 Head-On
2007 The Edge of Heaven
2009 Soul Kitchen
2014 The Cut
2017 In the Fade
2022 Rhinegold