Cannes Compétition Prospectus – In the Fade

In the Fade

Fatih Akin

Germany

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CRITICAL RESPONSE

“For good or bad, Akin has to grapple with the fact that everyone continues to compare his recent films with “Head-On,” one of those rare, hip crossover movies with appeal to critics and general audiences alike. Given the theme and Kruger’s incandescence, “In the Fade” may do better business, and Rainer Klausmann’s confidently fluid camerawork just gets better and better.” – Jay Weissberg (Variety)

“There’s something about the blunt emotionality it speaks in the face of deadly extremist aggression that feels sadly appropriate… Fans of Akin’s forceful yet delicate writing of yore may be disappointed. Kruger, on the other hand, impresses in her first German-speaking role. It’s a performance that’s more brutal than it is nuanced but in a couple of heart-wrenching moments she certainly delivered.” – Zhuo-Ning Su (Awards Daily)

“From the tense opening sequence of a bombing against Turks living in Germany, In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) stands out from the work of the German-born director of Turkish origin for the anger and grief it brings to the story, which leave the audience shaken… The proceedings are simple and the pace is fast. Kruger is the center of attention with her hair-trigger emotions and burning rage to see the couple punished, though attorney Fava also has some stirring moments in which he spits outrage and cries for justice.” – Deborah Young (The Hollywood Reporter)

PRIZE POTENTIAL

Diane Kruger. That is all. Akin of course deserves some credit here, Screenplay winner in Cannes for The Edge of Heaven in 2007, he must be a contender here, for both writing and directing. As far as the main three prizes go, In the Fade may fall short overall, though it is fairly well received. My guess, and a pretty darn solid one, is that Best Actress will be awarded to Diane Kruger. That really is all.

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