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In the Fade 2017

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Katja's life collapses when her husband and son die in a bombing. After mourning and injustice come the time for vengeance.

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  • Inspired by true events.

Out of nowhere, Katja Şekerci's (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri (Numan Acar) and little son Rocco (Rafael Santana) are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja's painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo Fava (Denis Moschitto), a lawyer and Nuri's best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there's simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.


Q: What's the origin of the project?

Fatih Akın: I was inspired by the NSU murders in 2011. The German Neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (National- sozialistischer Untergrund) perpetrated a series of xenophobe murders between 2000 and 2007 throughout Germany. It was shocking for me as I'm of Turkish background. My brother was acquainted with someone who was killed from Hamburg. The big scandal was that the police focused their investigation on people within the community of the victims, blaming drug or gambling connections. Police pressure was so intense that even the press and the community themselves began to have similar suspicions.

I started researching the concept of revenge. Does it really exist? Who would actually seek vengeance? Would I take revenge? Katja has her own morality, her own definition of justice. In that way, Katja embodies something dormant inside of us that should always remain dormant. I was not interested in the murderers' perspectives. I was very clear about where my empathy, my focus, had to be. In the Fade became a very personal film for me. Although she's a blond and blue-eyed German woman, the character of Katja is my alter ego. This film is about that universal feeling of grief and its many layers.

Q: Tell us about your collaboration with Josh Homme of the rock group Queens of the Stone Age.

Fatih Akın: I listened to a lot of Queens of the Stone Age music when I was writing the screenplay. They have these fatalistic songs. It came to me that fatalism was the right attitude for this film. I made a Queens of the Stone Age playlist for the character of Katja. I asked my music supervisor to clear the rights to those songs and she suggested that I ask the band. I was able to speak with the group's founder and lead vocalist Josh Homme. He saw a very rough cut of the film and he liked it! Maybe it hit the same nerve where his songs come from. He was busy finishing the group's new album, but he still agreed to work on the film. He had only a short time to do it, but he managed to make this incredible music. It's very unique and sad and beautiful. I've always wanted to do a thriller or at least work with some elements of that genre. Integrating this music has definitely given the film that quality.

In the Fade Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Fatih Akın

Writing Credits

Fatih Akın (Written by)

Hark Bohm (Co-author)


Diane Kruger

Denis Moschitto

Numan Acar

Ulrich Tukur

Johannes Krisch

Ulrich Brandhoff

Jessica McIntyre

Samia Muriel Chancrin

Music by

Josh Homme

Cinematography by

Rainer Klausmann

Categories: Golden Globes, Golden Globe Winner, EFA, European Film Award Nominee

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Countries: Germany, France, Italy

In the Fade Official Trailer

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