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Germany has picked Fatih Akin’s terrorist drama In the Fade to represent the country in the 2018 Oscars in the foreign-language category.
Diane Kruger made her German-language acting debut in the film, playing a German woman whose Kurdish husband and child are killed in an xenophobic terrorist attack. She picked up the best actress award in Cannes for her performance. The story was inspired by real-life neo-Nazi attacks on ethnic Turks and other minorities living in Germany.
Akin is an established figure in the German art house scene — his hard-hitting drama Head-On won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear in 2004 and The Edge of Heaven, which won Akin the best screenplay in Cannes in 2007, was put forward as Germany’s Oscar candidate but was not nominated.
Germany has been nominated 19 times in the past in the best-foreign-language category — most recently for Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann — and has won the statuette three times: for Volker Schlondorff’s The Tin Drum in 1979, for Caroline Link’s Nowhere in Africa in 2002 and for The Lives of Others from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in 2006.
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