- Title: Diane Kruger plays agony of terrorism victim in German-language movie
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS DIANE KRUGER, SAYING: "No I have been waiting for a role from Germany. I left when I was very young, a young teenager and I don't know anyone really from the German film industry, and I don't have an agent there. So it took over 10 years to come along, and I kind of went to Fatih -- I went to his party in Cannes when I was a jury member here to tell him, 'please if you ever want to work with me, so I would love to work with you' because I love his films, but I actually thought when I got the script he was kidding, I was like 'how did you think of me for this?' It's definitely not the typical kind of parts that I get offered and he was kind of unsure for a bit. He wasn't sure I would accept all the conditions that he likes to make movies in, and have the guts really to let myself be shown like this, definitely not my glamorous self in this movie." VARIOUS OF KRUGER AT AMFAR PARTY (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS DIANE KRUGER, SAYING: "We live in weird times. I mean, I grew up in Germany so obviously the Turkish-German conflicts are something that I'm really familiar with. But given the times we live in, I just feel like there's this permission of being horrible to each other, of violence, of prejudice, of people that look different, or different lifestyles, we immediately judge them."
- 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: LVA0046IH7VIL
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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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