The Golden Glove is a 2019 German thriller drama film directed by Fatih Akin. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.
The film is an adaptation of Heinz Strunk’s eponymous novel and tells the story of the German serial killer Fritz Honka who murdered four women between 1970 and 1975 and hid the parts of dead bodies in his apartment.
The Golden Glove is named after the pub in the red-light district of Hamburg where the defaced alcoholic Honka met his victims. The Golden Glove is the first film by Fatih Akin to receive an 18 rating in Germany.
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After the premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival The Golden Glove received mostly negative reviews. Peter Bradshaw awarded the film 2 out of 5 stars. David Ehrlich of Indiewire gave it a D and called it disgusting and one of the most vile serial killer movies ever made.
The film was criticized for its brutality, misogyny and lack of substance and psychological depth. Some German critics described it as a failed or inadequate attempt to adapt the novel and criticized Akin for making a nauseating horror film out of Strunk’s artistic presentation of the events.