When We Leave / Die Fremde
Feo Aladag, Germany, 2010.
Directed by: Feo Aladag
Script: Feo Aladag
Producer: Feo Aladag, Zuli Aladag
Production company: Independent Artists Filmproduktion
Cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
Editing: Andrea Mertens
Music: Max Richter & Stephane Moucha
Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriogen, Alware Hofels, Nursel Köse
Running time: 119'
What would you sacrifice to maintain your dignity? Trapped in an unhappy marriage in Istanbul, Umay flees back to her family in Berlin with her five-year old son, Cem. Although she explains the horrors of her marriage to her family, they insist that she return to her husband. While she and her family are German citizens, they are also of Turkish descent, and her return pits them against the traditions of the Turkish immigrant community. When the family decides to restore their reputation by returning Cem to his father, Umay escapes from under their roof to establish a new life for herself. But her desire for her families’ approval, and their desire for traditional acceptability, places them in unavoidable conflict.
Berlin Film Festival 2010 – Europa Cinemas Award
German Film Awards 2010 – Best Film in Bronze, Best Leading Actress
Tribeca Film Festival – Best Feature, Best Actress
Feo Aladag was born in 1972 in Vienna. She began her career as an actress, completing her training in London and Vienna from 1990-1995. While studying Acting she completed a Masters in Psychology and Journalism, continuing on to receive her PhD in 2000. She acted in numerous acclaimed film and television productions while attending various masterclasses and directing seminars at the European Film Academy as well as the German Film and Television Academy. In 2005, Feo Aladag founded the production company Independent Artists, responsible for her debut as the producer, director and writer of 'When We Leave' (2009).
Location and screening schedule:
Tuškanac cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 13.00
Europa cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 22.00
Europa cinema, Wednesday, October 20th at 17.00