The film opens with the wedding of Kurdish Nuri and German Katja, taking place in a prison, where Nuri is serving a drug sentence. Shortly after, their family becomes victim of right-wing extremist terrorism – turning Katja’s life upside down. Her family and friends do their best to support her in her grief, but her mind is set on finding the culprits responsible for the attack. She wants justice, no matter what the cost.
Inspired by real-life neo-Nazi attacks and trials, Akin challenges the European notion of who the enemy is; here the dark-haired man from a Muslim background is not the threat. in the fade is part love story, part character study about terrorism and loss, part courtroom drama, and part thriller. The film was included in the main programme in Cannes, where Diane Kruger won the award for best female actor in a lead role, for her powerful performance of Katja’s grief, vengeance, and the struggle for justice. The film’s soundtrack is by Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
Introduction before the screening on Friday.