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In the Fade (2017)

Set in the German-Turkish community in Hamburg, a woman takes revenge for her family in the aftermath of a bomb explosion.

Directed by Fatih Akin.

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


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 added her voice to the ongoing discussion of harassment in Hollywood saying of the industry, “We’re seeing the change as it’s happening. All these men are gone. I’m actually amazed how many companies have severed ties with those men immediately. They don’t get just a slap on the back and then come back. Actually, you know, it’s happening.”

Of her latest film In the Fade, she said: “I didn’t go into it looking at it like a revenge film. To me this is a movie about grief and a woman’s journey of how to find a way to.

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.

Sneak Peek footage, plus images from director Fatih Akin’s award-winning dramatic feature “In the Fade” (aka “Aus dem Nichts”), starring Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”):

“…’Katja’, married to ‘Nuri Sekerci’ has a 5-year-old son, living in Hamburg, Germany.

“She first met Nuri when she was a student and bought hash from him, then marrying him when he was serving time in prison for drug trafficking.

“Studying while in prison, Nuri is released, to work at a translation and tax office.

“She drops their son off at her husband’s office in the afternoon. When Katja returns for him in the evening, she finds the road blocked. A policeman tells her that a man and a child have been killed in an attack, that they say is not terrorism, but revenge from drug traffickers.

“Katja is so despndent she sees no reason to continue living…until she decides on taking revenge.