Cannes Best Actress Award Goes to Diane Kruger for Difficult Role

May 30, 2017

Actress Diane Kruger in Cannes Enlarge image Actress Diane Kruger in Cannes (© picture alliance / abaca) German-born actress Diane Kruger took home the award for best actress at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Fatih Akin's “In the Fade” ((Aus dem Nichts)). In her first German-speaking role, Kruger plays a woman who has lost her husband and son in a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. The film is fictional, but the group that carries out the attack in the story, the NSU, was active in Germany and killed at least 10 people between 2000 and 2007.

In accepting the award at the famed festival on the French Riviera on May 28, Kruger  spoke to anyone who “has survived an act of terrorism and who is trying to pick up the pieces and go on living after having lost everything. Please know that you are not forgotten.”

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel congratulated Kruger and praised the film’s director and screenwriter.

"Diane Kruger lends her character Katja Sekerci a moving depth and demonstrates the full range of her outstanding skills in her first German-speaking role. She provides a face and voice to Fatih Akin’s film “In the Fade”, and thus to the victims of the NSU murders. The Award for Best Actress to Diane Kruger sends a message against indifference towards the victims of xenophobia.

“Finding the courage to build a modern, open society and to live together responsibly is the only answer to renewed nationalism, self‑isolation and marginalization. It is impossible to imagine Germany and Europe without the contribution made by people who left their home countries to make their home here.

“I congratulate Diane Kruger, Fatih Akin and his congenial screenwriter Hark Bohm, and the entire team involved in this film on their great success.”

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