Justice. Revenge. Are they the same? Are they even related? In the Fade from Fatih Akin is the story of a search for justice, and what happens when that justice is denied.
The film opens with a clip from It’s a Wonderful Life. This is a film that Thomas Sung views as his own philosophy of banking and community. He had already established a successful career as a lawyer before starting the bank. But he believed it was his responsibility to give something to his community.
The film (as films noir often do) peels back layer after layer of truth and lies. That creates a setting for considering the morality (or lack thereof) of telling the truth in a world that seems to be built on a foundation of falsehood.
Is the truth just an annoyance that gets in the way of what we’d like to say and believe? Standing for the truth is the core of Denial, a true story courtroom drama about a professor who is sued by a Holocaust denier for libel.
In the chaos of battle mistakes can be made. Oscar-nominated A War looks at some of the consequences of such mistakes on a very personal level.