Monday, 18 February 2008
Berlinale 2008 - another highlight!
The only film of the Berlinale that I actually saw was "Chiko", written and directed by Özgür Yildirim. It's a dark story about Chiko and Tibet, two Turkish-German best friends and small time crooks in Hamburg, trying to make it big in a messed up world of poverty and extreme wealth, conflicting loyalties, bad decisions and an all-destructive cycle of revenge. It was a quite gripping and disturbing film (despite some easily avoided logical errors).
Of course, it was no disadvantage that the main character Chiko was played by the hot and hairy half Italian, half Turkish Denis Moschitto. ^_^
Moschitto had for a long time, due to his southern looks, been confined to funny "ethnic" sidekick roles. His first two main roles before "Chiko" were in comedies - as a guy who starts up a phone sex line exclusively in Turkish in "Süperseks" (2004), and as a wannabe star director in "Kebab Connection" (2005). He was born in 1977 and is a vegetarian, as IMDB informs us ...
Here is Moschitto's page at players.de. The photos are a bit old - for his role as Chiko, Moschitto built some more muscles than can be seen there ... (Photo above left by Marion Koell.)
Since Denis Moschitto is no longer a funny sidekick in this movie, Fahri Ogün Yardim (of Turkish descent, born 1980) instead takes on a bit of that role as Chiko's and Tibet's Roma-German friend Curly Adler. But he is also a bit of a "good example" and often the only voice of reason in the difficult relationship between Chiko and Tibet.
And he's cute. ^_^
Here is Yardim's page at his agency Rakete.
Oh, and can Germany be considered part of Central Asia? Well, ask Wilhelm II. (More in the German Wiki.)