Akin brings us an important film giving focus to the impact of xenophobia rather than the much-charted rise of extremist views in western countries, in this case Germany. In the Fade has three distinct parts, first, a terrorist attack and the effect on a woman, Katja (Kruger); the second charts the woman’s pursuit of justice in a court, so far so satisfyingly procedural. In the third part the film changes pace, place and tone and the film comes into its own as a tense thriller. Katja’s husband was a Turkish immigrant. All along the police have assumed the murder is Islamist/gang-related, Katja’s convinced they’re wrong. The film has a significant question at its core: when far-right extremists use existing legal systems to protect themselves, what can victims of violence do? What does Katja do? Diana Kruger, winner of Cannes Best Actress ‘scorches the screen as a victim of terrorism’. Vanessa H. Larson, The Washington Post. 13 other major awards so far.
Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger
|Title||In the Fade|
|Directed by||Fatih Akin|
|Running Time||106 mins|