- Title: Diane Kruger plays agony of terrorism victim in German-language movie
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GERMAN DIRECTOR FATIH AKIN AND WIFE MONIQUE AKIN CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) TURKISH-GERMAN DIRECTOR FATIH AKIN SAYING: "You know, in the reality, we had this NSU (National Socialist Underground) thing in Germany, like Nazis, killed in 10 years 10 people. Most of them were foreigners, they were killed just because they had black hair and (were) ethnically different. I was like, 'these people could have killed me', I could have been one of those targets, there's nothing that separates me from the targets, and that was kind of weird, that people want to kill me just because of how I look. So I feel like 'how can I strike back?â€™ I am like water, and water reflects reality, so my film is like water, so it's a reflection of real life."
- Embargoed: 9th June 2017 17:40
- Keywords: terrorism Cannes film festivalm Diane Kruger In The Fade
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE, VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: CANNES, FRANCE, VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0066IH7VIL
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- Story Text: The suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, temporarily drew attention at the Cannes Film Festival away from the movies and to the security threat that has bedevilled Europe.
The human cost of terrorism featured on the Cannes agenda on Friday (May 26), however, when acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin presented "In The Fade", starring Diane Kruger as a woman whose husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack.
"Terrorism has become such a terrible, nearly daily thing that we live with, and what drew me to the part is that we never get to hear the story of the people that get left behind, we just hear numbers," Kruger told Reuters in an interview.
Born and raised in Germany, Kruger moved to the United States in her early teens and had her breakout role as Helen in the 2004 blockbuster "Troy".
"In The Fade" is not only Kruger's first film in German, it is also the toughest.
"It's probably the most emotional, hardest, physically challenging part I think I have ever played," she said.
"Just holding that grief for this entire movie, the subject matter, obviously, physically being in every scene of a film, carrying a film like this was a first for me as well."
It was at Cannes that the collaboration with Akin took root. When Kruger was on the festival jury in 2012, she sought him out to say she would like to work with him. When Akin proposed the lead role in "In The Fade", she could not believe it.
As the son of Turkish immigrants, Akin said he was driven to make the movie as a response to growing right-wing violence in his country.
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