Prepare yourself: the trailer for The Golden Glove, the latest from German auteur Fatih Akin (In The Fade), has arrived. The director's boldest and most controversial effort to date follows the true story of a serial killer (played with ferocious commitment by Jonas Dassler) wreaking havoc in the Red Light District of '70s era Hamburg.
Check out the (seriously NSFW) red-band trailer below:
As the trailer above makes clear, The Golden Glove pulls no punches, focusing on a decidedly ugly, messy, alcohol-soaked segment of society. But Akin's film rises above exploitation, disgust, or condescension through his tremendous empathy for the characters. He doesn't over-indulge in the gory details of Honka's proclivities. Instead, Akin mainly explores the choices- or lack thereof- available to these lonely, lost characters. Make no mistake, the film requires a strong stomach, but it's far more interested in affecting your heart than your gross-out reflex.
Here's an official synopsis:
"From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, The Golden Glove follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the “Golden Glove,” where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic."
You can catch the North American Premiere of Golden Glove at Fantastic Fest, September 19-26th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.