Archive of films In the Fade / Aus dem Nichts

Germany / France
2017, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

Fatih Akin’s new thriller tells the story of Katja, whose happy family life is torn apart by sudden tragedy. Desperate, in a world full of unjustified hatred, she suppresses all her inhibitions in order to achieve justice. Diane Kruger gives an outstanding performance, for which she took away the Best Actress award at the recent Cannes film festival.


When Katja (Diane Kruger) married her Kurdish husband Nuri, it was in the hope that he would never return to dealing drugs, for which he was in prison at the time. Her faith in him is rewarded: The couple successfully forget their troubled past and live a happy life with their six-year-old son Rocco in Hamburg’s Turkish neighbourhood. Then a sudden tragedy tears Katja’s life apart… Director Fatih Akin’s new thriller reflects his long-term interest in the difficult lives of immigrants, but also explores how people react to extreme situations. As the shock of the moment peels away the layers of her personality, Katja is left with nothing but a bare and desolate existence. Desperate, in a world full of unjustified hatred, she suppresses all her inhibitions in order to achieve justice. Diane Kruger gives an outstanding performance for which she took away the Best Actress Award at the recent Cannes film festival.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Fatih Akin (b. 1973, Hamburg, Germany), the son of Turkish immigrants, studied film at Hamburg’s Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Besides acting (in addition to roles in several of his own films, he has appeared in Back in Trouble, Kismet, Planet of the Cannibals, and A Goddamn Job), he has directed numerous music videos. After shooting several short films (Sensin – You’re the One!, 1995; Weed, 1996), he made his feature film debut in 1998 with Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos). This was followed by In July (2000), Solino (2002) and his most successful work to date Head-On (2003), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, the European Film Award for Best Film, and many other prizes. Akin’s other films include The Edge of Heaven (2007), Soul Kitchen (2009, Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival), The Cut (2014) and Goodbye Berlin (Tschick, 2016).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Fatih Akin
Screenplay: Fatih Akin, Hark Bohm
Dir. of Photography: Rainer Klausmann
Music: Josh Homme
Editor: Andrew Bird
Art Director: Tamo Kunz
Producer: Fatih Akin, Mélita Toscan du Plantier, Marie-Jeanne Pascal
Production: Bombero International
Coproduction: Warner Bros Entertainment Germany, Macassar Productions, Pathé, Corazón International
Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Johannes Krisch, Ulrich Tukur
Sales: The Match Factory
Distributor: Aerofilms


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