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In the Fade (R)

Tattooed, street-smart Katja, her ex-con Kurdish-German husband Nuri, and their young bespectacled violin-playing son Rocco might seem at first glance like an atypical family, but in a few short scenes we come to understand the messy and beautiful reality of their life. So when sudden tragedy strikes in the form of a bombing, the impact is all the more profound. Katja now finds herself alone, facing grief and menacing probing from authorities and family alike. Seeking relief, she turns to drugs and the thought of what her husband might do in her place. Wrestling between fragile moments of self-destruction and those of unwavering commitment to avenging the death of her family, Katja’s love for Nuri and Rocco is never far away – and neither is her pain.

Akin’s tightly crafted script complements IN THE FADE’s sobering color palette, while cinematographer Rainer Klausmann’s emotive images reflect Katja’s evolving mood. Acting in her native German, and in her first German production, Kruger delivers a fearless, gut-wrenching and award-winning performance that will surely be talked about in the months to come.