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The fury of a woman scorned

Fans of European cinema will get the chance to watch a screening of the 2017 drama Aus Dem Nichts (In the Fade) on Wednesday in Limassol.

This German drama directed by the internationally-acclaimed Fatih Akin follows Katja (Diane Kruger) who is married to Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar) – a Kurdish man with whom she has a five-year-old son, Rocco. The two met when Katja bought hashish from Nuri when she was a student. She married him when he was still in prison, despite both his parents and hers being opposed to the marriage. Since the birth of their son Rocco, Nuri quit drug trafficking, studied business administration while in jail, and now works in Hamburg at a translation and tax office.

One day, Katja drops her son off at her husband’s office in the afternoon. When Katja returns for him in the evening, she finds the road blocked. A policeman tells her that a man and a child have been killed in a nail bomb attack. DNA analysis confirms that the victims are her husband and son. The police question her and she remembers that shortly before the attack, a young blonde woman was at the scene and in the basket on her bike, there was a black parcel.

A police investigation follows but Katja sees that the justice system is not holding up to its part of the deal so she decides to take matters into her own hands.

The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award. It was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. It won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In the Fade
Screening of the film by Fatih Akin. May 23. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €7/10. In German with Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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