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Magnolia Pictures Buys ‘In the Fade,’ Propelling Diane Kruger Into Oscar Race (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures Buys ‘In the Fade,’ Propelling Diane Kruger Into Oscar Race (Exclusive)
One of the most celebrated movies at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has found a home. “In the Fade,” the German-language drama starring Diane Kruger as a woman who deals with the tragic aftermath of the murder of her family, has sold North American right to Magnolia Pictures, Variety has learned.

The movie, written and directed by Fatih Akin (“Goodbye Berlin,” “The Cut”), earned Kruger stellar reviews and the best actress prize from the Cannes jury.

Awards season prognosticators had been wondering if the movie will open in time for Kruger to qualify for this fall’s best actress race. It will, as Magnolia is planning a year-end theatrical release for “In the Fade” along with an Oscar campaign for its star, best known for her roles in “Inglourious Basterds” and the TV series “The Bridge.” Many critics called “In the Fade” her best performance yet.

Diane Kruger’s performance in ‘In the Fade’ is one
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Cannes Review: ‘In the Fade’ is a Compelling Socio-Political Revenge Thriller

Fatih Akin sends a cumbersome bull into the socio-political china shop of present-day Germany, and all its racial and social divides, with In the Fade, a compelling (if somewhat ugly and hammy) contemporary revenge thriller wherein fear begets fear, hates begets hate, and thrills — however imprudent they might be — are easy to come by.

We’re in Hamburg’s diverse and famously progressive St. Pauli district (the choice of location is no accident). Diane Kruger (speaking her Muttersprache) plays Katja Sekerci, a woman who is out to avenge the death of her husband, Nuri (Numan Acar), and only son, both of whom are killed at the beginning of the film when a nail bomb erupts outside Nuri’s office. The crime is given further weight by the fact that Nuri is of Turkish extraction. It’s an unavoidably slippery topic, no doubt, but Akin (a Hamburg native of Turkish descent
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Fatih Akin’s ‘In The Fade’ Starring Diane Kruger A Lacklustre Courtroom Drama [Cannes Review]

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Shedding the excruciating profundities that turned him into a critical target after 2014’s “The Cut,” Fatih Akin has returned to the more intimate narratives that made two of his earlier (and greatest) films, “Head-On” and “The Edge Of Heaven,” stand out. “In The Fade” tackles Akin’s most personal theme — immigration and cultural identity of Turks and Muslims in Germany — in much more orderly and subtle fashion, and at the very least, we can say that it’s a big step in the right direction towards a surefire dramatic comeback.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘In the Fade’

Cannes Film Review: ‘In the Fade’
First off: Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” was an aberration, as we all suspected. The director celebrated for his edgy takes on intriguing characters more or less returns with “In the Fade,” a well-constructed, at times moving story of a Hamburg woman seeking justice after the murder of her Kurdish husband and son by a couple of Neo-Nazis. “More or less” because the excellent first quarter gives way to a relatively standard-issue though handsomely produced legal drama with several stock characters and a script that feels too guided by the presumed requirements of mainstream cinema. Diane Kruger’s powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative’s dip into overly crystalline waters, and international sales have been unsurprisingly brisk given the film’s incontrovertible general appeal.

For good or bad, Akin has to grapple with the fact that everyone continues to compare his recent films with “Head-On,
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Cannes 2017: In the Fade Review

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Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

Fatih Akin has had a directorial trajectory that oscillates between the compelling and raw Head-On to the less successful Armenian genocide movie The Cut via the joys of Soul Kitchen. In the Fade sees Akin in his native Hamburg tackling racism and the burgeoning far right extremism.

The film opens with Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar), wearing a white suit and black shirt reminiscent of Tony Manero, is heading out of his prison cell and into marriage with Katja (Diane Kruger). The jostling and joshing inmates cheering him on his way is a joy. From here we jump ahead a few years and see the two happily ensconced in a beautiful home with a lovely six-year-old son Rocco. Nuri has a legitimate business and Katja is a stay-at-home mum. But when a bomb explodes and kills her family, we wonder how legitimate Nuri was and where all the money came from.
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'Tschick': Film Review

'Tschick': Film Review
Fatih Akin, a Hamburg-born filmmaker of Turkish origins, knows his way around a rough-edged, ink-black and punk-infused love story, as he demonstrated in his Golden Bear winner Head-On, as well as something mysteriously beguiling like his Cannes competition title The Edge of Heaven, a Kieslowskian kaleidoscope of lives that unwittingly intersect. His two Venice-selected films couldn't be more different either: Soul Kitchen was, rather fittingly, a messy, upbeat and finally delicious comedy, while his historical drama The Cut, set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide, never quite managed to reach the epic grandeur it so clearly strived for.

All...
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Diane Kruger to Star in Fatih Akin’s German-Language Drama ‘Aus dem Nichts’

Diane Kruger to Star in Fatih Akin’s German-Language Drama ‘Aus dem Nichts’
Diane Kruger has signed on to star in Fatih Akin’s German-language film, “Aus dem Nichts” (In the Fade).

The movie will mark Kruger’s first pic in her native tongue. Akin will write and direct the project.

Akin’s Bombero International will produce with Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jean Pascal of Macassar Productions co-producing.

The film, whose plot details haven’t been disclosed yet, is scheduled to shoot in the fall of 2016 in Hamburg. “Aus dem Nichts” will be the follow up to Akin’s “Why We Took the Car.”

Kruger was most recently seen in “Disorder” opposite Matthias Schoenaerts, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. She also stars in “The Infiltrator” with Bryan Cranston.

She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

Akin’s past credits include “The Cut” and “One Breath.” He is repped by UTA.
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Diane Kruger boards Fatih Akin's 'In The Fade'

Diane Kruger boards Fatih Akin's 'In The Fade'
France-based German actress takes on rare German-speaking role.

Diane Kruger has signed to star in Fatih Akin’s long-gestated German-language In The Fade (Aus Dem Nichts) about a man who is tipped over the edge by his experiences of prejudice.

It is a rare German-speaking role for French-based Kruger who has built her acting career in France.

Her recent credits include Fabienne Berthaud’s Us-set couple drama Sky and Alice Winocour’s Disorder, which premiered in Un Certain Regard last year.

Fatih, who first started developing In The Fade in 2010, once described it as a sort of updated Taxi Driver.

In the meantime, the Turkish-German director has made The Cut and is currently working on post-production of Goodbye Berlin, which is set for a September release in Germany.

The new film is produced by Akin’s production company Bombero Intenational with Paris-based Macassar Productions on board as a co-producer.

It is due to shoot in the autumn
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Cannes: who's in the running?

Cannes: who's in the running?
Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins and Indian
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First Trailer For Fatih Akin’s Road Trip Comedy ‘Tschick’

While Fatih Akin‘s last feature, The Cut, finally arrived in theaters here in the United States last fall, it seemed to go quite under the radar. The Head-On director is now back this year with a new feature and it’s taking a much different tone than his last drama. An adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorfs‘ novel Tschick, it tells the story of a pair of teenage misfits who steal a car and head out on a roadtrip.

While it hasn’t been picked up for U.S. distribution yet, it’ll arrive in Germany this fall and today brings the first trailer. Although there’s no subtitles yet, one can still get a solid grasp on what to expect, with a more vibrant tone in both the style and script. Starring Anand Batbileg, Tristan Göbel, and Nicole Mercedes Müller, check out the trailer below.

Tschick arrives in Germany on
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Studiocanal Seals First Sales on Marion Cotillard, Daniel Auteuil, Fatih Akin, Adele Exarchopoulos Movies (Exclusive)

Studiocanal Seals First Sales on Marion Cotillard, Daniel Auteuil, Fatih Akin, Adele Exarchopoulos Movies (Exclusive)
Led by Marion Cotillard-starrer “From the Land of the Moon,” Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has announced 50 sales deals off its Berlin’s European Film Market on a slate of prestige European titles with often big festival promise plus the scale to play select multiplexes abroad.

Dealings demonstrate the benefits of film-by-film production-financing-sales alliances with some of the best producers in Europe’s business, as well as the big plus of movies helmed by name directors such as Nicole Garcia (“From the Land of the Moon”) and Fatih Akin (“Goodbye Berlin”) and starring Cotillard, Pierre Niney, Daniel Auteuil and Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.

Produced by Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor, the company behind Maiwenn’s Vincent Cassel-toplining “My King” — and a case in point — “From the Land of the Moon” will be distributed in Europe’s by far three biggest territories of France, the U.K.
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Berlin: Studiocanal to Unveil New Movies by Fatih Akin, Nicole Garcia, Kai Wessel

Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has added to its international sales slate the title “Goodbye Berlin,” the latest movie from Fatih Akin, one of Germany’s best-known popular auteurs (“The Edge of Heaven,” “The Cut”).

A comedic coming of age road movie, “Goodbye Berlin” adapts Wolfgang Herrndorf’s bestselling cult novel, “Tschick” – whose English title is “Why We Took the Car” – one of the biggest literary successes in Germany in recent years, with sales topping two million copies. It has been published in 20 territories.

Starring Anand Batbileg, Tristan Göbel and Nicole Mercedes Müller, “Goodbye Berlin” turns on a 14-year-old misfit who hits the road with an unruly classmate, in a stolen car. Akin commented to Variety in December that when he fully understood in prep what the film was about, he channeled his own childhood experiences into the movie. A director known for his films about troubled adults, Akin also said
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New to Streaming: ‘Taxi,’ ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Spectre,’ ‘The Godfather Epic,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marie Heller)

Writer-director Marie Heller paints an accurate, honest, and vibrant portrait of her young protagonist, Minnie (Bel Powley), in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. With the use of some beautiful hand-drawn animation, an enlightening and funny narration, and Powley’s versatile performance, this is about as intimate as a subjective picture gets. We experience the world as this young girl does.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #74. Fatih Akin’s Tschick

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Tschick

Director: Fatih Akin

Writer: Hark Bohm

While Fatih Akin’s epic cap to his loose trilogy The Cut (2014) didn’t live up to expectations, we’re curious to see his latest, Tschick, an unexpected foray into ‘family film.’ Based on a cult novel by late writer Wolfgang Herndorfs, the story centers on 14-year-old Maik Klingenberg, part of a wealthy but dysfunctional family in Berlin. During this particular summer vacation his mom enters rehab while dad absconds on a romantic getaway with his secretary. Left to his own devices, Maik decides to take off with Tschick, a Russian immigrant classmate who shows up one day with a stolen car. The screenplay was adapated by actor/write/director Hark Bohm, who appeared in several feature by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Cast: Anand Batbileg, Tristan Gobel, Nicole Mercedes Muller

Production Co.: Lago Film

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic) StudioCanal (international
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Strand Releasing Acquires Greek Comedy ‘Chevalier’ (Exclusive)

Strand Releasing Acquires Greek Comedy ‘Chevalier’ (Exclusive)
L.A.-based distributor Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Greek up-and-comer Athina Rachel Tsangari’s critically-acclaimed “Chevalier,” a satirical comedy which world premiered at Locarno and played at Toronto and New York film festivals.

Sold by The Match Factory, “Chevalier” turns on six men who get stuck on a luxury yacht in the Aegean sea because of mechanical problem and start challenging each other to determine who is “the Best in General.”

Strand Releasing, which previously released Tsangari’s “Attenberg” and her short “Capsule,” will release “Chevalier” in the Spring.

A leading light of new Greek cinema, Tsangari was recently honored as the New York film festival’s 2015 Artist in Residence and had previous films for a special evening at Lincoln Center.

“(Tsangari) is an absolute delight to collaborate with and we know ‘Chevalier’ will be met with both critical and commercial interest,” said Hu.

“I
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‘Heidi’ Punches Bullish B.O., Sales as Studiocanal Readies First German Production Slate (Exclusive)

“Heidi,” Studiocanal’s first flagship family production in Germany, punched through Wednesday a first-six day 215,000 tix sales (€1.75 million: $1.9 million) with previews, as the European film-tv group readies release on its first full-production slate in Germany, Europe’s third biggest movie market.

275,000 sales with Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, first-frame take puts “Heidi,” co-starring Bruno Ganz (“The American Friend,” “The Downfall”), on track to hit three-territory two million admissions, €15 million ($16.5 million) or above in B.O., said Rodolphe Buet, Studiocanal president, intl. distribution/marketing, plus chairman, Germany.

Movie is luring family entertainment audiences and adult demos, as well. “We have to wait for ‘Star Wars’’ impact over the weekend but I don’t think the two films are competing for audiences. We believe ‘Heidi’ will lead the German family film box office through till the end of the year,” Buet added.

Reassuring foreign distributors of its overseas potential, with a sturdy home market first commercial bow,
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Marrakech Fest Highlights the Power of Cinema as Resistance

Marrakech Fest Highlights the Power of Cinema as Resistance
Marrakech — The 15th edition of the Marrakech film festival, held three weeks after the attacks in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, bore echoes of the fest’s first edition in 2001, that took place in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

“In 2001, well before I became involved with the fest, everyone predicted that it would be cancelled,” explains the Fest’s artistic director, Bruno Barde. “I think that it was a tremendous act of courage that the King refused to cancel and that the guests came to the festival. This year, in different circumstances, but also in a context of widespread fear, filmmakers demonstrated that they would not be swayed by terror, starting with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray. I think that has been one of the key messages from this year’s edition.”

Security was ramped up for this year’s 15th edition,
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Fatih Akin: ‘Filmmaking is a Holy War’

Fatih Akin: ‘Filmmaking is a Holy War’
Marrakech: Speaking to a packed auditorium during a 90-minute masterclass at the 15th Marrakech Film Festival, 42-year old German-Turkish helmer Fatih Akin provided fascinating insights into his inspirations and working methods and talked about his most recent film, “The Cut,” his recently lensed “Goodbye Berlin,” based on the novel “Tschick” by Wolfgang Herrndorf, and his next feature, about a neo-Nazi serial killer.

Commencing with his own personal inspirations, he referred to Bruce Lee as a key formative influence, although he admitted that he hadn’t yet made a film in direct tribute to Lee.

For his first major international breakthrough, “Head On” – that won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2004 – he says that he was inspired by Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” especially in terms of the freedom of camera work, and by Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves.”

Another key influence for “Head On” was Patrice Chereau’s “Intimacy.” Akin wanted
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"Give Me A Reason To Believe That Art Can Change The World": Fatih Akin Talks Festival Politics, Digital Vs. 35mm & More

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It’s been quite a year for Fatih Akin. The Turkish-German filmmaker's Armenian genocide film “The Cut” hit cinemas after much ado last year about whether the film would premiere at Cannes or Venice. The historical drama is the third installment in his "Love, Death and the Devil Trilogy," accompanying previous installments “Head-On” and “The Edge of Heaven.” “The Cut” was met with mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office, but Akin shows no signs of slowing down. Read More: Fatih Akin's Grandiose And Dull 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim In Morocco for the Marrakech International Film Festival, where he is presenting a master class, Akin was candid and reflective on the challenges he faced with “The Cut” and on the future of his career in an interview with the Playlist. Throughout the festival, jury members, guests and filmmakers have contemplated the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino,
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DVD Review: 'The Cut'

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★★★☆☆ Medz Yeghern is the synonym Armenians gave to the brutal extermination of their people by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to the end of First World War, which also gave a new word to the English language - 'genocide', coined by Raphael Lemkin. Also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the state-sponsored murders were widely seen as foreshadowing the modern techniques of murder that would be brought to terrible perfection by the Nazis during the Second World War. Turkish-German director Fatih Akin has chosen this catastrophic event for his new epic film, The Cut (2014).
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