500,000 admissions „In The Fade“ by Fatih Akin
- NSU drama with Diane Kruger draws film fans into the arthouse cinemas after numerous awards
- Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Award, Cannes Actress Award, Bambi, Bavarian Film Award
- Narrowly missed out: film was on the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film and the German candidate for the 90th Oscar ceremony
The distributor Warner Bros. has just announced that the Filmstiftung-backed NSU drama „In The Fade“ by director Fatih Akin has now attracted 500,000 film-goers into the German cinemas. Following its Golden Globe and Critics' Choice awards, the multiple national and international award-winning production has moved back up to one of the top positions in the German arthouse charts. This is due in no small part to the fact that film had been regarded as having a strong chance of an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Language Film after already making it to the shortlist. Nine films had reached this stage in December 2017, and five films eventually went into the race for the Oscar, although „In The Fade“ was surprisingly no longer in the official selection.
„In The Fade“ was produced by bombero international in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Macassar Productions (F), Pathé (F) and corazón international. Fatih Akin’s political drama, which celebated its world premiere at the film festival in Cannes, centres on the consequences of a right-wing extremist assassination in the heart of Germany. Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life suddenly implodes when her husband and son die in a bomb attack. The police arrest two suspects, a young neo-Nazi couple, and bring them before a court. When the perpetrators are acquitted for lack of evidence, she doesn’t see any alternative: the young woman wants justice. Denis Moschitto and Numan Acar can be seen in the drama’s lead roles alongside Diane Kruger.
The Film- und Medienstiftung served together with Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein as the film’s main funders. Additional backing came from the FFA, BKM and the DFFF. After its world premiere in Cannes, „In The Fade“ was invited to screen at festivals in Sydney, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Busan, Chicago and Palm Springs, among others. „In The Fade“ was released in German cinemas on 23 November by Warner Bros.. The film opened in the USA on 27 December and in France in January. The Cologne-based sales agent The Match Factory has already sold the film to around 60 territories.