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In The Fade

(Aus dem Nichts)

2017 Cannes Film Festival Winner ~ Best Actress (Diane Kruger)

Celebrated German auteur Fatih Akin’s superbly constructed drama In The Fade stars Diane Kruger as Katja, a woman on a captivating journey of love, tragedy, and, ultimately, revenge.

Poster for the German revenge drama In The FadeAlthough tattooed Katja, her ex-con Kurdish-German husband, Nuri, and their young violin-playing son, Rocco, might seem at first glance like an atypical family, in a few short scenes we come to understand the messy and beautiful reality of their life. So, when sudden tragedy strikes in the form of a neo-Nazi terrorist attack, the impact is all the more profound. Katja now finds herself alone, facing grief and unwelcome probing from authorities and family alike. Her only relief comes in the form of hard drugs and the thought of what her husband might do in her place. Wrestling between fragile moments of self-destruction and those of unwavering commitment to avenging the deaths of her family, Katja’s love for Nuri and Rocco is never far away, and neither is her pain.

Akin’s tightly crafted script complements the film’s sobering colour palette while cinematographer Rainer Klaussmann’s emotive images, increasingly imbued with stillness, reflect Katja’s evolving mood. Acting in her native German, Kruger delivers a fearless, gut-wrenching, and award-winning performance (she won the best actress award at Cannes) as a woman forced to choose between fading away and continuing the fight for justice. Perhaps there’s a way to do both.

– Kerri Craddock, Toronto International Film Festival

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