Aus dem Nichts (2017)
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.
The crime thriller from director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) is Germany's official 2018 Oscars entry, competing in a race that includes films from a record-setting 92 countries. Still, In the Fade is expected to make the Academy's Best Foreign Language Film category along with buzzed-about
“Do you have to audition very much anymore?” Chau asked Kruger. “I feel like you don’t.”
“Sometimes, for things that I really want or that somebody doesn’t see me in, you want to audition. But I remember so many terrible stories about auditioning,” Kruger responded. She went on to recall a story about a director “who shall go unnamed” that she once auditioned for. She said she had to learn around 15 pages of dialogue for a film.
“It was a really long monologue with difficult lines,” Kruger continued. “The audition was in this hotel and there are like 10 people in the room. I start the monologue and his cell phone starts ringing in the middle of it. It rings twice
Akin is adapting Heinz Strunk’s bestselling 2016 novel “Der goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”), which chronicles the true story of Fritz Honka, a physically and psychologically scarred serial killer who murdered four women in Hamburg’s red light district between 1970 and 1975. Honka picked up his victims at the notorious bar Zum Goldenen Handschuh, where he was a regular.
The project holds particular interest for Akin, who was born in Hamburg in 1973. “The film is based on a novel from my hometown,” he said. “It takes place in my neighborhood in the ’70s. The serial killer just lived, like, two streets away from me.
“It’s a slasher film,” Fatih said, but also “a portrayal of the generation that witnessed the Second World War, that
Loosely based on events that made German headlines, In the Fade is now Germany’s Official Oscar® Entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category and recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival as a Special Presentation. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 27, with a national rollout to follow.
"...'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.
The movie, written and directed by Fatih Akin (“Goodbye Berlin,” “The Cut”), earned Kruger stellar reviews and the best actress prize from the Cannes jury.
Awards season prognosticators had been wondering if the movie will open in time for Kruger to qualify for this fall’s best actress race. It will, as Magnolia is planning a year-end theatrical release for “In the Fade” along with an Oscar campaign for its star, best known for her roles in “Inglourious Basterds” and the TV series “The Bridge.” Many critics called “In the Fade” her best performance yet.
“Diane Kruger’s performance in ‘In the Fade’ is one
UK arthouse stalwart Curzon Artificial Eye has beefed up its slate with the acquisition of two further Cannes titles.
The company has picked up revered Belgian director Agnes Varda’s latest film Faces Places (Visages Villages), which premiered as a special screening. The film is a documentary road-trip in which she travels through rural France with photographer/muralist Jr.
The deal was negotiated with Liz Mackiewicz of Cohen Media Group.
Screen’s Cannes review called the documentary a “heartwarming road trip”.
Curzon has also moved for Kornél Mundruczó’s Hungarian-German co-production Jupiter’s Moon, which premiered In Competition at Cannes this year. The film follows a young Syrian refugee who is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, the wounded man can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by a doctor intent on exploiting his extraordinary
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UK art-house kingpin Curzon Artificial Eye has locked up a further four Cannes titles bringing its current haul from the festival to a mighty 10 movies.
New to the slate are Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Interieur), joint winner of the Sacd award in Directors’ Fortnight, Laurent Cantet’s well-received The Workshop (L’Atelier), Léonor Serraille’s Camera d’Or winner Young Woman (Jeune Femme) and Rungano Nyoni’s striking Directors’ Fortnight entry I Am Not A Witch.
As previously announced the distributor has acquired Palme d’Or winner The Square, Grand Prix winner 120 Beats Per Minute, best screenplay winner The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Fatih Akin’s Competition drama In The Fade (Aus Dem Nichts), for which Diane Kruger won the best actress prize, Michael Haneke’s Happy End and Francois Ozon’s L’Amant Double.
A jury of international critics gathered together by the top international trade paper, Screen International, keeps its own score of the 20 Competition Films as does Film Francais whose critics are all French. Thus far 13 have screened and on a scale of 4 (Excellent) to 0 (Bad), Screen’s highest scoring film so far is 3.2 for the French-Russian coproduction “Loveless” about a bitterly out-of-love couple going through a divorce who must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their brutal arguments. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev and funded independently because the Russian government so disliked his 2014 Competition Film, “Leviathan” ( for which it had put up 35% of the funding), that
The German star, who won best actress at the French film festival on Sunday for her performance in In the Fade, may also have to to make room for some ink.
According to In the Fade director Fatih Akin, Kruger made a bet with him months ago that their film would never make it to competition in Cannes, much less win an award. If it did, Kruger agreed she'd get a traditional anchor tattoo, done in Akin's home town of Hamburg, Germany.
All of those movies did walk away with some kind of recognition, 120 Battements Par Minute (Bpm – Beats Per Minute) taking the Grand Prix, Sofia Coppola taking the Best Director prize for The Beguiled and You Were Never Really Here Best Performance By An Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Screenplay, a prize shared with Yorgos Lanthimos’ superb The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.
The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival have been handed out tonight (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, with Ruben Östlund’s The Square winning the coveted Palme d’Or.
Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.
Full list of winners below:
The Square (Ruben Östlund)
120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)
Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)
Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
Diane Kruger (In the Fade)
Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here
Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)
Best Short Film
A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)
Short Film Special Mention
Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)
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