Statement by Foreign Minister Gabriel on Cannes award for Diane Kruger

28.05.2017 - Press release

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (28 May):

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 marginalisation. 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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