Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

KISMET: THE DUCK, THE DOG, AND THE DEAD WHORE

Year: 1999
Country: Germany
Run Time: 102 minutes

Though it is best known here as the title of a fluffy Broadway musical, the word "kismet" is much older. It is Arabic for ?inescapable fate,? as you will learn when you watch with fascination as a web of destiny, conspiracy, and coincidence ensnares idealistic law student Thomas one night in Cologne. In a park he stumbles across the grisly sight of a lifeless woman and a suicidal Turk holding a knife. While Thomas tries to talk volatile immigrant ?Tony? out of committing another heinous crime, the neophyte lawyer's cast-off girlfriend Christine takes to darkened streets in search of him. The wily Tony's desperate pleas propel Thomas on a hair-raising nocturnal odyssey, and over the next few hours the intersecting paths of Thomas, Tony, Christine, and Thomas' mentor, a lonely judge, trace a course through the city's underworld of cutthroats, bars, bordellos, bisexuals, skinheads, and the funniest animal-abuse subplot since "There's Something About Mary." KISMET's snakeskin-sinister and darkly-comic view of the human condition and manipulation make it one of the CIFF's most tempting baubles, bangles, or bright shiny beads. (In German with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Kai Hensel.

Directors
Kai Hensel, Andreas Thiel

Producer
Nils D?nker.

Cinematography
Jan Fehse.

Editing
Jean-Mark Lesguillons.

Principal Cast
Steffen Wink, Fatih Akin, Jule Ronstedt, Axel Milberg, Lilo Wanders.

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