By Lupita Peimbert
(Film) – A film with the right amount of tension, raw emotions, and camera movement. A woman who up until then had a happy life and a happy family loses everything in an instant after a bomb explodes killing her husband Nuri and son Rocco. She wants the killers to be punished.
The story happens in Germany. The filmmakers relate this to a time from the year 2000 to 2007 when a number of killings and bomb explosions happened to people with non-german, immigrant roots. Coincidentally, the plot centers on a presumably neo-nazi, anti-immigrant movement.
Katja, played masterfully by actress Diane Kruger, embarks on a journey seeking justice. A wife and mother going through unimaginable yet understandable grief who stands in court and shows courage, especially in the midst of her many moments of silence. Played by Denis Moschitto, her attorney gives a solid performance as the subtle emotional support to a highly distressed client and friend and one affected by the case because the man killed was a close friend.
The trail gives the audience a quick insight into the German court system. The film is set in Germany and Greece. Watch for certain camera movements –or forget about it and let the film take you into Katja’s rage.
Directed by Fatih Akin, written by Hark Bohm and Faith Akin, produced by Nurhan Şekerci-Porst, Fatih Akin, and Herman Weigel, and starring Diane Kruger, In the Fade premiered at the 2017 Cannes Festival.
Among other recognitions, Diane Kruger won Best Actress at the 2017 Cannes Festival. The film is a Golden Globe ® Nominee for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language.
IN THE FADE is a Magnolia Pictures release, runs for 105 minutes, is in German with English subtitles, and is MPAA Rated R. It opens December 27 across cities in the United States and it will be shown at San Francisco’s Landmark Opera Plaza on January 12th, 2018.