"A Heimatfilm of a New Kind": Domesticated Masculinity in Fatih Akin's Sould Kitchen

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Abstract

In his films Fatih Akin often explores his protagonists’ masculinity in interaction with narrative frameworks that reveal the link between the national and the transnational. Having produced a gangster film (Kurz und schmerzlos [Short Sharp Shock], 1998) and a film that centres on marginal masculinity (Gegen die Wand [Head On], 2004), Akin has most recently shifted his attention to domestic or local heroes. The male protagonists in Soul Kitchen (2009) – a, according to Akin, »Heimatfilm der neuen Art« (»Heimatfilm of a new kind«) – have left their ›migrant‹ or ›in-between‹ identities behind and found their identities in a local place (Hamburg) rather than in Germany as a whole.

This article examines how Soul Kitchen engages with the ›Heimatfilm‹ and how it enriches this genre with transcultural elements. It looks into how ›Heimat‹ is re-defined in a post-migrant Hamburg by reference to the film’s male protagonists. The central question is what Akin’s detachment from the portrayal of post-migrants as aggressive, marginalised men and his current focus on domesticated forms of masculinity say about a possibly changing perception of men from »the margins of society«. Have post-migrants actually arrived in German society?
Translated title of the contribution"A Heimatfilm of a New Kind": Domesticated Masculinity in Fatih Akin's Sould Kitchen
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventLokalität und Männlichkeit im zeitgenössischen deutschsprachigen Film: Fatih Akins Soul Kitchen’ - Cumberland Lodge, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

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