In the Fade
Aus dem Nichts
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