Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
BEST MOTION PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE
“In the Fade”
FAITH AKIN: How did this happen? This is another one of them thousand admissions in Germany. Thank you, very much Hollywood Foreign Press. Thank you very much Magnolia Pictures for releasing the film. Johannes, you’re the best. Thank you very much my co‑producers, Warner Brothers. If you see a cop, warn a brother. I want to thank Patty from fans. I want to thank everybody from Bear International, Heno Hansha Kajek, you made this. I want to thank my producer Herman, the German Weigel. I want to thank my co‑producer Tina Mersmann and Marie‑Jeanne. I want to thank Chelee Mor. Chelee, thank you very much. You opened the door. Thank you, German Films. Thank you.
Diane, say something. Thank you, Monique, my wife, my kids. I couldn’t have done this without you. This is yours. This is ours.
DIANE KRUGER: Thank you, so much. I’m so privileged to do what I love. And thank you for elevating this movie, even though it’s foreign language. Thank you.
FATIH AKIN: We did not really expect this, you know, and it was — I’m a bit jet-lagged. I was kind of, like, very tired, and when this came up, I was, like, it was exactly what I needed. So thank you very much, yeah.
Q Do you think that this Golden Globe opens the door to a Hollywood career?
FATIH AKIN: Well, it opens first — I think it will help to sell more tickets in Germany, you know.
Q And friends?
FATIH AKIN: And friends too, and all over the place, all over this place. I don’t know. I’m thinking about this because I’m a curious filmmaker, and I want to learn and I want to progress and I want to discover spaces, you know, but it’s, like, I mean, this is the most personal film I did, and it brought me — it brought me here. So maybe it’s kind of like it feels like an awful good question, should I just continue the path I go or try new things? I have to think about it.
Q Congratulations, first of all, for your film.
FATIH AKIN: You are from Greece, right?
Q Yes. I want to ask you about us, about the state of filmmaking in Turkey and how much freedom is there really right now under the President? I would like your opinion on that as a filmmaker and hopefully talking to your brothers and sisters in Turkey that are filmmakers, do you feel they have the same freedom you have doing their work in Turkey?
FATIH AKIN: This is very difficult to answer because although my background is Turkish, my parents are from Turkey, but I’m a German filmmaker, you know. I mean, I lived in Germany. I was born in Germany. I was educated and raised in film school in Germany. I was part of the German film industry. And Turkey is my heart, and I always try to support filmmakers over there, you know, with everything I can, you know. I support them no matter if it’s day or night, you know.
Q This film affected me so much. You are just on the edge of your seat the whole film. What made you think Diane could do this? Because I know she said how fearful she was and how much preparation she did and how much this changed her? What gave you confidence in her? And then I’ll ask Diane about her — how you got the confidence to play somebody so affected and so emotional and so bold?
FATIH AKIN: My instinct told me that she would be the right one, and my instinct was right.
DIANE KRUGER: Well, for me I wasn’t sure in the beginning. It was a very challenging part. You know, you want to try to be as truthful as you can be, and I wasn’t sure how I would do that. I don’t even have children. And truly, I think I found a force by meeting victims over six months because I realized that I had to put all vanity behind and that I’m really their voice. And so, over time, it just became a duty and it became a responsibility. I tried my best.
Q When you see terrorist incidents on the news now, when you see terrorist incidents on the news now, does it affect you differently?
DIANE KRUGER: Yes.
Q Do you feel —
DIANE KRUGER: Yes.
Q — does it feel more real? Do you feel more connected to it?
DIANE KRUGER: It’s not that it feels more real. It always felt real, but I’m acutely aware of Kottias, that’s my character’s name, that it affected them each day, and it touches all of us, that it’s not something that happens in another country. It hits home, and I got to witness what those families go through, and so I feel for them more, and I know that they have a name and a life to live, and I don’t know how they do it.
Q Congratulations. I just want to know if you saw the other nominees in your category this year?
FATIH AKIN: I saw two other films. I saw “Loveless,” and I saw “Fantastic Woman” from the Golden Globe movies. The others I will watch. I will do my own work, and I have seen Foxtrot. I have seen it at Toronto, and I loved it, and Katja is my brother from another mother. That’s it, right? Thank you very much.