There was hope that Germany’s selection of the box office hit Toni Erdmann would take the golden statue at this year’s Oscars, but while it failed to deliver, the country might just have a solid second chance for next year’s awards with the selection of Fatih Akin’s In the Fade, and it honestly couldn’t come at a more appropriate time.
The film, which stars Diane Kruger in her first German-speaking role, centers around the real-life neo-Nazi attacks that have been victimizing minorities across Germany. Kruger’s character faces the reality in the hardest way possible as her Kurdish husband and son become two of the victims killed in a targeted bombing, and after reality sets in, finds the need to retaliate against the atrocity.
In the Fade shows some true promise and has already proven that its award-worthy. As an entrant in this past year’s Cannes festival, Kruger walked away with the Best Actress award for her role in the film. Director Fatih Akin isn’t an award novice either, having won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear in 2004 for his drama Head-On and the Best Screenplay in Cannes for his 2007 film The Edge of Heaven.
Germany’s pick of In the Fade doesn’t guarantee it a spot on the Oscar ticket, which won’t announce its nomination picks for Best Foreign Language Film until January 23, but with the great praise the film has already received and the timeliness of the subject matter hitting so close to home, it is hard to believe that the film won’t make it into the list of five offered the chance of Oscar gold.