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Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Fatih Akin’s (Head-On, Soul Kitchen) taut, psychologically complex and ultimately devastating drama could not be more timely, as it deals, in part, with the resurgence of Fascism plaguing the West in general and his native Germany in particular. But what makes it rise above an expertly made genre movie about the pursuit of justice and the taking of revenge is the performance of its lead, Diane Kruger, a household name in Europe who is perhaps best known on this side of the Atlantic for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. She is absolutely magnificent here as Katja, a woman whose Kurdish husband and young son are killed in a terrorist bomb blast triggered by neo-Nazis. Furiously pursuing justice while simultaneously grieving her dead family, Kruger’s Katja will stop at nothing to ensure the perpetrators pay for their senseless slaughter, leading to a double climax of shocking power that calls into question any number of assumptions we hold about terrorism and terrorists themselves.

"Akin bounces back and bounces high with an edge-of-seat thriller… While the politically charged story will awaken outrage at the hate crimes it realistically portrays, what really brings the horror home is a superb Diane Kruger as a hard-drinking user of recreational drugs, proudly tattooed and unapologetic for her life outside the norms. Acting in her native German language, she delivers a career-high performance…"—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Best Actress, Cannes 17

Director Fatih Akin
Country of Origin: Germany
Year: 2017
Running Time: 95 mins
Language:In German with English subtitles
Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Johannes Krisch, Samia Chancrin, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur
Executive Producer: Christian Vennefrohne
Producer: Fatih Akin, Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, Herman Weigel
Screenwriter: Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm
Cinematographer: Rainer Klausmann
Editor: Andrew Bird
Production Design: Tamo Kunz
Music: Joshua Homme
Production Company: Bombero International / Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany / Macassar Productions / Pathé Films / Dorje Film / Corazón international
Distributor: Mongrel Media Inc.


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