In the Fade | Chicago Reader

In the Fade

Fatih Akin's harrowing thriller represented Germany in this year's Oscar competiton for best foreign-language film. Yet the 44-year-old director, born in Hamburg to Turkish parents, spends much of the film wondering whether Germany really represents him. In the Fade opens with camcorder footage of a prison wedding that unites Nuri (Numan Acar), a handsome Turkish immigrant to Germany doing time on a drug charge, and Katja (Diane Kruger), his blond, statuesque German girlfriend. Several years later, Nuri has gone straight, running a little storefront business in the Turkish sector of Hamburg as a translator and tax preparer, and he and Katja have an adorable little boy, Rocco, whom they cherish. Then, in a flash, it's all gone—after leaving Rocco with his father at work one afternoon, Katja returns to discover that a nail bomb, planted by neo-Nazis, has exploded on the street outside Nuri's office, blowing him and the boy to bits. Continue reading>>



  • Fatih Akin


  • Diane Kruger
  • Denis Moschitto
  • Johannes Krisch
  • Samia Chancrin
  • Numan Acar
  • Ulrich Tukur
  • Rafael Santana


  • Nurhan Sekerci-Porst
  • Fatih Akin
  • Herman Weigel

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