The feature film IN THE FADE by Fatih Akin (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international) will represent Germany as the official submission for the 90th Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. This has been decided by an independent jury appointed by German Films. Jury representative Rainer Matsutani (German Directors Guild) announced the decision at a press presentation today in Munich in the presence of the director Fatih Akin. A total of eleven films were submitted for the selection process.

The nine-person jury substantiated its decision as follows: "IN THE FADE is at the same time a drama, a court movie and a thriller. Fatih Akin relates law and justice, revenge and pain – with complexity, unsparingly, and with a stirring narrative. The film gives a political issue a human face and unfolds with a ripple effect from which the audience cannot escape, from the first to the very last minute."

About the film:

Katja’s life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. The police arrest two suspects: a young neo-Nazi couple. Katja wants justice – for her, there is no alternative.

was produced by bombero international and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, in co-production with corazón international and the French Macassar Productions and Pathé. The production was funded by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and the German Federal Film Board (FFA).

celebrated its world premiere in competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes, where leading actress Diane Kruger was honored as Best Actress. Further international festival screenings include Sydney, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, and Toronto in September, among others.

Director Fatih Akin is by no means an unknown internationally: In 2007, his feature film THE EDGE OF HEAVEN also screened in competition in Cannes, where it won the award for Best Screenplay, as well as the European Film Prize, the German Film Award and represented Germany in the Oscar® race. His documentary films POLLUTING PARADISE (Special Screening 2012) and CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (Out of Competition 2005) were also screened on the Croisette in Cannes. Further successes for Fatih Akin include the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlinale for HEAD-ON and the Special Jury Prize in Venice in 2009 for SOUL KITCHEN.

Sales agent The Match Factory has thus far sold IN THE FADE to over 30 territories worldwide, including the USA. Magnolia Pictures is planning to release the film there in February 2018.

The path to the Oscars®:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will publish a list of all international submissions for the category Best Foreign Language Film in the first week of October 2017. Last year, 85 countries submitted films. Shortly before Christmas 2017, the Academy will announce a shortlist of nine selected films which will remain in the race for the Oscar® in this category. Five films will then be nominated from this shortlist on 23 January 2018. The awards ceremony will take place on 4 March 2018 in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

About the German selection:

The German entry for the Oscar® in the Best Foreign Language Film category is decided by a selection committee appointed each year. This committee consists of representatives from eight different trade associations and institutions active in the field of cinema. As the responsible umbrella organization, German Films is charged with the preparation and organization of the selection procedure for the German candidate to be submitted into the race for the Oscar® in the Best Foreign Language Film category. German Films is not represented in the selection committee.

More about the submitted films and the selection jury…

Contact: Nicole Kaufmann