Magazine article Variety

Fatih Akin

Magazine article Variety

Fatih Akin

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DIRECTOR FATIH AKIN is again representing Germany with his Oscar submission "In the Fade" a decade after the country selected his drama "The Edge of Heaven."

Akin's latest work, starring Diane Kruger, tackles the issue of neo-Nazi terrorism - a topic the filmmaker had long wanted to explore.

It was the real-life case of the farright National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorist cell, which allegedly murdered 10 people, most of them of Turkish or Kurdish origin, and committed 14 bank robberies between 2000 and 2011, that inspired his thriller about a woman seeking vengeance following a race-hate attack.

"For many years the police and the media thought that these crimes were done by the Turkish or Kurdish mafia," Akin says. "Once it came out that they were done by neo-Nazis, I was very angry. This anger was the motor that drove me to sit down and write."

Looking for an actress outside Germany's "usual suspects" and someone who could help the film break out, Akin approached Kruger about the project. "Working with her was a very beautiful experience in every manner. …

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