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In the manner of modern crime films from American filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Brian DePalma, German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin unflinchingly probes the romance of gangster life within new immigrant communities in Hamburg.

Short Sharp Shock focuses on Gabriel (Mehmet Kurtuluş), a young Turk who has decided to leave his criminal past behind after completing a prison sentence. However, his best friends - a Greek immigrant dating Gabriel’s sister and a native Serb trying to join an Albanian gang - have very different plans for him.

Selected by associate programmer Elaine Lillian Joseph, the second act of our 'enfants terribles' season turns the idea on its head, looking not at controversial or button-pushing directors, but rather the hot-headed subjects who terrorise the films themselves. 


Please see our current Visitor Guidelines. MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund. Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here.