The Cut

Synopsis: This film is based on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire 1915, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority. One day a young family man, Nazaret Manoogian, gets deported by the Turkish authorities together with all the other Armenian men from his native village of Mardin. He becomes a forced laborer and only survives the mass murder by chance and an act of kindness, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night the devastated Nazaret learns that his daughters may still be alive and didn't die like his wife from starvation, violence or rape on death marches. Nazaret goes on a quest to find them and travels from his small village through the Mesopotamian deserts to the sea, always looking for clues that might lead him to his children. Nazaret's epic journey will take him from Asia to America, from the end to a new beginning...
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Fatih Akin
Production: Strand Releasing
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
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138 min


Master Nazaret!

May God bless you.

Open the door!


Open up!

- Who is it?

- Gendarmes.

What do you want?

What is it?

The Sultan has issued an order.

Christian and Muslim men

over the age of 15 are required to fight.

You're a soldier now.

- Right now?

- Rakel!

Wait. Wait.

Instead of me,

would you take this?

What are you waiting for?

Shoes on.

- Move it! Come on!

- Get going!

Get moving! Come on!

Why aren't you working!

Hey, you! You dog! Work!

Gel up and work,

you son of a b*tch! Work!

Get up! Work! Get up!


Come on! Work!

Don't talk! Get back! Heathen!

Come here, kid!

Hey, sit down!


He needs to get back to work.

He's sick, sir. He's yellow.

Either he works or he dies.

Just a minute. Have mercy.

Get him on his feet.

Salaam alaikum, soldiers.

Here! Eat!


Take them!

Armenians! Listen!

I'm here to represent

the Governor of Diyarbakir.

He offers all of you his mercy

as well as freedom.

Any crimes you have committed

will be pardoned in his name.

He who sees the light

and converts to the religion of Islam

will be released immediately.

Those who wish to save themselves,

step forward.

Come on! Step forward!

Give me that Mauser.

Get rid of the body so no one sees it!

Tie them together!

I said lie them together!

This is the place! Stop!

Turn them to face the wall!

Kneel down!

Kneel down, I said!

Don't waste any bullets!

CUT him!


Cut him! Cut!

- I killed him, he's mine!

- F*** you.

Enough of that!


Your scarf.

Come on.

Get up.

You'll die if you stay here.

Come with me.

Come on!

What are you doing?

I've never killed anybody.

I was hungry, so I stole.

They put me in prison with these animals.

Then they released us.

To kill you people.

Come with me.

Come with me.


My name is Mehmet.

Hurry up, come on.

Get some rest.


Wake up.

Come on.

Come on.


Come on.

Come on. Try to walk.

Be careful.

Drop everything you've got and go!

Are you deserters?

We're not soldiers.

We're running from the war.

We are deserters.

Do you have anything of value?

What's your name, pal?

He can't speak.


You're condemned to silence, pal.

Piss on your scarf,

tie it up and let it heal.

Where are you going!


Can we go with you!

Stop! Stop!

- What are you doing?

- Waiting for you.

Clear off!

Leave your weapons and horses and go!

Stay here!

I paid you in gold!


Do you know him?

Of course. We're from Mardin.

Shut up! Shut up!

On the wagon!

Leave them some food, they have kids.

Think you'll find your family!


Dursun, bring those clothes.

Ras al-Ayn is three days' walk.

Do you know the way!

Hide your cross.

It's healing.

Somebody give him water.

Use it wisely.

Wear these. You'll attract less attention.

Good luck.

Forgive me.

Stay inside!

Slowly! What do you want?

Come inside.

Women, fetch something to eat!

Go inside!

I'm not giving her away.

You want to know where I got the girl?

From Ras al-Ayn. Ras al-Ayn!

Hey, you rabble! Get off my tracks!

Back to your camp! Move it!


What's wrong, brother?

What are you doing here?

Do you speak Arabic?

So? Answer.

Who did that to you!




Papers! Papers.

Here, please.

- Omar Nasreddin?

- Yes.

- What's in the vessels?

- I sell soap.

Fragrant. It's fragrant.

Keep it.

The whores of Aleppo will thank you.

Move along!

Yes, sir.

Come, come, Asisa.



- Salaam alaikum, Grandfather.

- Wa alaikum salaam, Grandson.

Thanks be to God, you're safe here.

I have a surprise here.

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Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin (Turkish: Fatih Akın, born 25 August 1973) is a German film director, screenwriter and producer. He is of Turkish descent. He has won numerous awards for his films, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his film Head-On (2004), Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Edge of Heaven (2007), and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his film In the Fade (2017). more…

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