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‘In the Fade’ Director Fatih Akin Shares the Love in Palm Springs After His Globe Win

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‘In the Fade’ Director Fatih Akin Shares the Love in Palm Springs After His Globe Win
Fatih Akin, the 44-year-old German director of “In the Fade” (December 29, Magnolia Pictures) seemed both bemused and philosophical the night after his film’s surprise Best Foreign Language win at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. “The story is like a German team won a big sports victory in the local newspapers,” he noted from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, 5,000 miles away from Berlin.

In the Fade” is the fictionalized story of a German woman (Cannes Best Actress winner Diane Kruger) who demands justice after her immigrant husband and their son are victims of a terror attack. They turn out to have been targets of white nationalists who are arrested and put on trial. Based on real-life events but fictionalized (the actual case that served as a starting point is still not resolved in local courts), it is a compelling thriller as well as a drama about justice and racism.
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Movie Review – In the Fade (2017)

In the Fade, 2017.

Directed by Fatih Akin.

Starring Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Samia Muriel Chancrin, Johannes Krisch, Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Brandhoff, and Hanna Hilsdorf.

Synopsis:

Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

In the Fade is essentially three different movies in one, each act morphing into another genre, where director Fatih Akin (Goodbye Berlin, The Edge of Heaven) has no idea what the thriller should actually be. Casting Inglorious Basterds‘ Diane Kruger in her first feature-length German production as a grieving widow and mother seeking justice after a racially motivated bombing attack by neo-Nazis is certainly attention-grabbing, but the execution lacks suspense, builds toward predictable moments, drags, and finally fizzles out completely by the ending.

Diane Kruger is without a doubt the strongest aspect In the Fade has going
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‘In the Fade’ Film Review: Germany’s Oscar Entry Stars Diane Kruger as a Justice-Seeking Widow

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‘In the Fade’ Film Review: Germany’s Oscar Entry Stars Diane Kruger as a Justice-Seeking Widow
Diane Kruger’s startling blues are a force of their own in “In the Fade,” the German grief thriller from Fatih Akin (“The Edge of Heaven”) that asks the actress’s eyes to convey a potent range of emotions while the character behind them decides just how far she needs to go to find justice after a violent tragedy. It’s not hard to see why Kruger won the Best Actress prize at Cannes this year for her performance, and though the movie around her (Germany’s submission to the Academy Awards) can at times feel like a standard-issue vengeance saga,
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Diane Kruger Wants Justice in Clip From Golden Globe-Nominated Thriller 'In the Fade' (Exclusive)

Diane Kruger Wants Justice in Clip From Golden Globe-Nominated Thriller 'In the Fade' (Exclusive)
Perhaps you've not yet heard of the acclaimed film, Aus dem Nichts, but that will change soon enough. The drama, titled In the Fade here, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language, and star Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award for it at Cannes earlier this year. Next up? The Oscars.

In this clip from the film, debuting on Et, Kruger's Katja Sekerci is seeking out justice against the neo-Nazis responsible for killing her husband and son. "These are my friends. Have you seen them?" Katja asks a hotel concierge in the scene, a tense encounter that quickly becomes a matter of life or death.

Magnolia Pictures

The crime thriller from director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) is Germany's official 2018 Oscars entry, competing in a race that includes films from a record-setting 92 countries. Still, In the Fade is expected to make the Academy's Best Foreign Language Film category along with buzzed-about
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Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before

Five Foreign-Language Directors Who Have Been to Oscars Before
Variety approached five foreign-language directors who have been to the awards circuit before about the changes in their lives and their show business careers since their previous visit to the kudos rodeo whether it was five or 15 years earlier. For some technological advances were in the forefront while for others it was financing. We also asked them if they were interested in taking a path others had before them to Hollywood. The answers may surprise, or enlighten as each director has a unique take on new technology, recognition and of course the motivation and inspiration behind their current films.

Ruben Ostlund

There was a time in the Oscar foreign-language category’s not-too-distant history when the nominating committee fell for films about the sentimental bond between a grandfatherly old man and the bright-eyed boy he takes under his wing — feel-good films such as “Kolya” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” is not that movie. In fact, it
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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from Germany: ‘In the Fade’

Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from Germany: ‘In the Fade’
Celebrated Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head On, Soul Kitchen and my favorite, The Edge of Heaven) returned to Cannes this year with In the Fade / Aus dem nichts, a gritty thriller set in contemporary Hamburg, which earned Diane Kruger the Best Actress Award for her riveting performance as a grief-stricken woman who takes revenge for the death of her son and husband in a Neo-Nazi terrorist bombing. Finding herself alone, Katja (Kruger) veers between fragile moments of self-destruction and those of unwavering commitment to avenging the death of her family.

Loosely based on events that made German headlines, In the Fade is now Germany’s Official Oscar® Entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category and recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival as a Special Presentation. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 27, with a national rollout to follow.

When speaking
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Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin

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Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin
Diane Kruger is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Kruger won the best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her starring role in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” in which she plays a woman whose husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack. Read more about Kruger’s experiences with the project here.

Akin shared these thoughts about how his collaboration with Kruger came together:

I first noticed Diane Kruger as an actress in “National Treasure,” but I was definitely not the audience for a film like that. It didn’t hook me. A couple of years later, I saw “Inglorious Basterds” in a movie theater in Germany. I liked the whole film, especially her small role. In 2007, I won the screenplay at Cannes for my film “The Edge of Heaven” and she was the mistress of ceremonies.
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Cannes Winner ‘In the Fade’ Is Official German Oscar Entry

Cannes Winner ‘In the Fade’ Is Official German Oscar Entry
As expected, Germany is submitting its Cannes Best Actress winner “In the Fade” as its official Oscar entry. Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin’s intense tale of love and vengeance, starring Diane Kruger, played at the end of the festival, so many film writers will catch up with it on the fall festival circuit.

Kruger plays Katja, whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack. While the police arrest a young neo-Nazi couple, Katja seeks her own form of justice.

Read More:Diane Kruger Enters Oscar Race as Magnolia Acquires ‘In the Fade’

Every country chooses its foreign-language submission differently. In Germany, an independent jury of representatives from eight trade associations and institutions active in the film industry was appointed by German Films, and picked “In the Fade” out of 11 submissions.

The jury stated:

“In The Fade is at the same time a drama,
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Cannes Winner ‘In the Fade’ Is Official German Oscar Entry

Cannes Winner ‘In the Fade’ Is Official German Oscar Entry
As expected, Germany is submitting its Cannes Best Actress winner “In the Fade” as its official Oscar entry. Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin’s intense tale of love and vengeance, starring Diane Kruger, played at the end of the festival, so many film writers will catch up with it on the fall festival circuit.

Kruger plays Katja, whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack. While the police arrest a young neo-Nazi couple, Katja seeks her own form of justice.

Read More:Diane Kruger Enters Oscar Race as Magnolia Acquires ‘In the Fade’

Every country chooses its foreign-language submission differently. In Germany, an independent jury of representatives from eight trade associations and institutions active in the film industry was appointed by German Films, and picked “In the Fade” out of 11 submissions.

The jury stated:

“In The Fade is at the same time a drama,
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Fatih Akin’s ‘In the Fade’ Selected as Germany’s Oscar Entry

Fatih Akin’s ‘In the Fade’ Selected as Germany’s Oscar Entry
Fatih Akin’s Cannes hit “In the Fade” has been chosen as Germany’s official candidate for the best foreign language film Oscar. The film has already garnered potential awards season buzz around the performance of lead actress Diane Kruger, who won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where the film world-premiered in official competition.

The selection was made from a choice of 11 films submitted to an independent nine-person jury appointed by national film-promotion body German Films. The choice was announced Thursday by jury representative Rainer Matsutani of the German Directors Guild at a press conference in Munich attended by Akin.

“In the Fade” tells the story of a woman (Kruger) whose life falls apart following the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. When the police arrest two suspects, she wants justice and revenge.

A statement from the jury said: “‘In the Fade’ is at the same time
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Chile’s Growing Film Festival Scene: Sanfic Announces Lineup

Chile’s Growing Film Festival Scene: Sanfic Announces Lineup
The thirteenth edition of Santiago International Film Festival, Sanfic (August 20–27, 2017), the largest film festival in Chile, will present more than 100 international and Chilean films, including productions shown and awarded in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice. Among the feature films will be 7 world and 14 Latin American premieres.

Sanfic (Santiago International Film Festival) is opening the festival to international press this year with Variety Dailies and important international guests for their Sanfic Industry section. Guest attending include Kim Yutani (Sundance programmer), Javier Martin (Berlinale delegate), Molly O ́Keefe (Tribeca Film Institute — fiction features) and Estrella Araiza (Industry director of Guadalajara Iff), to name a few. Matt Dillon is its special guest along with the renowned director of photography Rainer Klausmann.

The Summit starring Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi and Erica Rivas, with an appearance of Christian Slater and renowned Chilean actors Paulina Garcia and Alfredo Castro

The opening film of the
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2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Fatih Akin Wants Revenge with In the Fade

Perhaps a surprise inclusion after The Cut was unceremoniously not selected for Cannes on his last time out, not including his pair of Special screening docus (Crossing the Bridge in 2005 and Polluting Paradise in 2012), along with the Best Screenplay winning 2007’s The Edge of Heaven (an arguably still his best feature in a filmography that began with the 1998’s Locarno selected Short Sharp Shock) this is technically only his second time in the big ring.

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Newswire: Josh Homme gets into film composing with Diane Kruger neo-Nazi drama

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme co-wrote the theme for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and now he’s a now a movie composer as well. Homme recently scored In The Fade, a German film directed by The Edge Of Heaven’s Fatih Akin, which stars Diane Kruger as a woman whose husband and son are killed by neo-Nazis. It premiered in competition at Cannes—though, for what it’s worth, our critic A.A. Dowd was not particularly impressed who called it “familiar and unchallenging.”

According to an interview with Variety, Akin was listening to Queens Of The Stone Age while writing. “I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to, It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction,” Akin explained. ”I sent [Homme] a very early version of the film. He immediately called back saying ...
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Fatih Akin’s ‘In The Fade’ Starring Diane Kruger A Lacklustre Courtroom Drama [Cannes Review]

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.

Continue reading Fatih Akin’s ‘In The Fade’ Starring Diane Kruger A Lacklustre Courtroom Drama [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
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Cannes: Fatih Akin’s Drama ‘In the Fade’ Sold Worldwide by The Match Factory (Exclusive)

Cannes: Fatih Akin’s Drama ‘In the Fade’ Sold Worldwide by The Match Factory (Exclusive)
Fatih Akin’s highly-anticipated drama “In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)” which is having its world premiere in competition on Thursday, has been sold worldwide by The Match Factory.

A timely film, “In The Fade” stars Diane Kruger (“Inglorious Basterds”) as a woman whose life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack perpetrated by a neo-Nazi group. Unable to cope with the grief and feeling of injustice, she sets off to avenge her family by her own means.

“In The Fade” was picked up U.K. & Eire (Curzon Artificial Eye), Japan (Bitters End), Italy (Bim), Netherlands (Cineart), Spain (Golem), Portugal (Midas), Greece (Rosebud.21), Former Yuguslavia (McF Megacom), Hungary (Cirko Film), Poland (Gutek Film), Czech/Slovakia (Aerofilms), Bulgaria (Artfest), and Turkey (Fabula).

More deals were inked for Argetina (Mirada), Brazil (Imovision), Central America (Wiesner), Mexico (Cine Video y TV), Colombia (Cine Colombia
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Cannes Facetime: Director Fatih Akin

Cannes Facetime: Director Fatih Akin
German filmmaker Fatih Akin returns to the Cannes competition lineup with “In the Fade,” above, a contemporary drama about a woman who takes revenge after her husband and son are murdered by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (Nsu).

Q: Is the Nsu still active in Germany?

A: We have this very strange case, a scandal right now, involving neo-Nazis and right-wing extreme right groups in the German army. German soldiers, whose political background is extreme right, created fictional personalities. Pretending to be Syrian refugees, they were planning bomb attacks, in order to blame the refugees as terrorists, so the state wouldn’t let refugees in anymore. That was their aim. These things are happening right now, this week.

Q: In what ways is this a personal film for you?

A: I am somehow “the other” in this country with my background. I have black hair, my parents are from Turkey.
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Cannes 2017: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles That Will Have Buyers Chasing Foreign Films

Cannes 2017: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles That Will Have Buyers Chasing Foreign Films
If you’re a buyer, the Cannes Film Festival isn’t where you go to catch a break. Including festival sidebars like Critics’ Week and Director’s Fortnight, there are more than 75 films at Cannes from all over the world — but when it comes to English-language movies, most are already spoken for.

Read More: The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

Netflix took the rights to Noah Baumbach’s family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” while Amazon has both Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” A24 has never bought a completed film at Cannes, but the company is launching four titles at the fest, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time.”

What’s left are mainly foreign-language films from some of the most respected indie auteurs in world. Most of these filmmakers are
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Cannes 2017: our chief critic's guide to the Competition line-up

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Cannes 2017: our chief critic's guide to the Competition line-up
Screen’s chief critic and reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan dissects this year’s Competition films.

Welcome to the “huge party” of Cannes 70. If the Official Selection this year is a “lab”, the formula isn’t quite complete - Thierry Fremaux announced 18 films which will compete for the Palme D’Or today, implying that three have yet to arrive (he also hinted that a glaring absence, that of a film from China for the second consecutive year, may yet be rectified; nothing was said however about the absence of a major Hollywood studio thus far).

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Cannes 2017: Official Selection in full

A total of 1,930 films viewed, the selection process running through to 3am: Cannes 70 will be a “meeting, a vision of the world, and a promise of a better life together”. No small ambition, but the line-up has been warmly greeted by cineastes. Clearly, it isn’t a same-old-names Cannes habitues Competition, although [link=nm
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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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George Michael Passes Away at 53

George Michael Passes Away at 53
With just five days left until 2016 is in the history books, this year has seen more beloved iconic performers in film, TV and the music industry pass away than previous years, with some calling it the worst year on record. Fans are in mourning yet again, with the news that pop star George Michael has died. The singer, who rose to fame though the group Wham! before breaking out on his own, passed due to heart failure. Here's a statement released by the singer's family, through his publicist.

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

The Hollywood Reporter also received a statement from the Thames Valley Police Department about the musician's death.
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