When We Leave

When We Leave  {Die Fremde}
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When We Leave
Die Fremde
Germany, 2009, 119 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Turkey
Topics: Drama, Religion, Woman Director, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: German English Sub-Titles

Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2010 (Label Europa Cinemas Prize)

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 her 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 family’s approval, and their desire for traditional acceptability, places them in unavoidable conflict. Directed with both a cool eye and an escalating sense of dread, debuting director Feo Aladag skillfully explores the identity conflicts of many second-generation immigrants and their dual obligations. And her stellar cast, led by a virtuoso performance from Sibel Kekilli, brilliantly portrays a family whose love for each other places them at odds with their dreams. Winner, New Directors Prize, Tribeca Film Festival.

Director to attend screenings on 1/7 & 1/9

DIRECTOR: Feo Aladag
Producer: Feo Aladag, Zuli Aladag
Editor: Andrea Mertens
Screenwriter: Feo Aladag
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Music: Max Richter, Stéphane Moucha
Principal Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriogen, Tamer Yigit, Serhad Can
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Olive Films - www.olivefilms.com

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