In The Fade

by Fatih Akin

In The Fade


Out of nowhere, Katja's life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco 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, 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.


Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Turkish immigrants. He studied at the University of Fine Arts. After making two short films, he achieved his breakthrough in 1998 with his debut feature Short Sharp Shock. It was followed by the road movie In July with Moritz Bleibtreu and Christiane Paul, as well as the documentary I Think about Germany: We Forgot to Go Back about his parents' immigration story. His 2002 feature Solino tells the story of an Italian immigrant family in Germany.

His international breakthrough came with Head-On, winner of the Golden Bear, as well as the German and European Film Award. He documented the diversity of the Istanbul music scene in Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul. His 2007 feature The Edge of Heaven won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes. The following year, he directed an episode for the compilation lm New York, I Love You. In his comedy Soul Kitchen, he created a monument to his hometown and won the Special Jury Prize in Venice. For his documentary Polluting Paradise, Akin followed the environmental damage in the Turkish village of his ancestors for many years. His 2014 feature The Cut premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His new feature In The Fade, starring Diane Kruger, premieres at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.


Katja - Diane Kruger
Danilo - Denis Moschitto
Defense Attorney Haberbeck - Johannes Krisch
Brigit - Samia Chancrin
Nuri Sekerci - Numan Acar
Jurgen Moller - Ulrich Tukur
Rocco - Rafael Santana
Edda Moller - Hanna Hilsdorf
Andre Moller - Ulrich Friedrich Brandho
Judge Grabow - Hartmut Loth
Nikolaos Makris - Ioannis Economides
Annemarie, Katja‘s Mother - Karin Neuhauser
Michi - Uwe Rohde
Ali, Nuri‘s Father - Asim Demirel
Hulya, Nuri‘s Mother - Aysel Iscan


director & writer Fatih Akin
co-writer Hark Bohm
director of photography Rainer Klausmann (BVK)
editor Andrew Bird
production designer Tamo Kunz
composer Joshua Homme
producers Ann-Kristin Homann, Nurhan Şekerci-Porst, Fatih Akin, Herman Weigel
co-producers Mélita Toscan du Plantier, Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Jérôme Seydoux, Sophie Seydoux, Ardavan Safaee, Alberto Fanni, Flaminio Zadra

bombero international GmbH & Co. KG, Macassar Productions, Pathé Production, corazón international GmbH & Co. KG, Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 2.39:1 / 5.1
length 106 min.
original language German

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