Diane Kruger didn’t expect her latest movie, In the Fade, to be accepted into competition in the Cannes Film Festival, much less win any awards. In fact, she was so certain it wouldn’t win, she made a bet with the movie’s director, Fatih Akin, a few months ago: If In the Fade won an award at Cannes, Kruger would travel to Akin’s hometown of Hamburg, Germany, and get a traditional anchor tattoo.
Not only did the film win an award, Kruger herself was the winner, taking home the Cannes prize for best actress. In the Fade focuses on Kruger’s character, a German woman who seeks revenge after her husband and son are killed by Neo-Nazis. She told British Vogue that her excitement about winning was tinged with sadness, referring to both the terrorism depicted in the film, and recent real-world terror attacks. “Obviously I’m super excited to be here with my film, but it somehow feels very superficial to be speaking about how great an actor’s portrayal of a character is when there is so much else happening in the world.”
It sounds like Kruger has bigger things on her mind than making a tattoo appointment, but Akin plans to hold her to the bet, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He has even picked out the tattoo studio. Here’s a shot of the director and star in Cannes together: