IN THE FADE
AUS DEM NICHTS
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 106 min, Germany/France, Dir: Fatih Akin

Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life suddenly falls apart when her husband, Nuri, and son are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo (Denis Moschitto), a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. Though the trial pushes Katja to the edge, her desire for justice is unstoppable. With music by Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme.


GOODBYE BERLIN
TSCHICK
2016, 93 min, Germany, Dir: Fatih Akin

Eighth-grade classmates Maik (Tristan Göbel) and Tschick (Anand Batbileg) are both outsiders; Maik, from a wealthy albeit dysfunctional family, is virtually invisible to his peers, while Tschick, from a poor immigrant family, stands out at school with his loud Hawaiian shirt and rebellious attitude. With his mother in rehab and his father away on a business trip, Maik plans to spend the summer alone at home - but that changes when Tschick appears with a “borrowed” car and a notion to visit his grandfather in Wallachia. Akin’s (HEAD-ON) long-awaited adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s best-selling cult novel delivers a fresh, youthful perspective on the traditional road movie. The 2017 Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Youth Film.


THE CUT
2014, Strand Releasing, 138 min, Dir: Fatih Akin

This powerful drama centers on Nazaret Manoogian (Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith who crosses continents in search of his two daughters after his family is shattered by the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Playing a character who survives a throat slashing, Rahim’s performance is largely wordless but deeply moving. “A genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore … that has great intensity, beauty and sweeping grandeur.” - Martin Scorsese.


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