Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Fade

Magazine article New Internationalist

In the Fade

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In the Fade (106 minutes)

directed and co-written by Fatih Akin

A one-time drug-dealing Kurd, Nuri, who turned his life around in prison, works as a translator. He, and a tattooed student he sold grass to, Katja, are happily married and have a little boy, Rocco, with Joe 90 glasses. One afternoon she drops the boy offat his dad's Hamburg office and goes with her sister to a Turkish bath. When Katja returns, police have sealed offthe street - because of an explosion. Or rather, she quickly learns, a bomb. Planted outside the office, by a young woman she saw leave a bike with a box on the back-rack, it's blown her husband and son to pieces.

It's a powerful set-up to a film that's strong on empathy - its focus and concern is Katja, trying to keep herself together through a police investigation, trial and its aftermath. …

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