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Activities - 19/02/2010


DIE FREMDE (When we leave) wins the Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin


Die Fremde (When we leave) directed by German director Feo Aladag has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Films in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors.

This marks the sixth year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded at Berlin, and complements the Labels awarded at the Giornate degli Autori section in Venice, the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The Europa Cinemas jury for this year’s Berlinale consisted of:

Christophe Maffi (France), exhibitor of Le Navire cinema in Aubenas

Laure Bacqué (Brazil), exhibitor of the Reserva Cultural cinemas in Sao Paolo

Mark Cosgrove (UK), Head of programming at Watershed in Bristol

Iris Praefke (Germany), exhibitor of the Moviemento Kino in Berlin.

The Jury issued the following statement: ‘This is an emotionally powerful and profoundly human film about the struggle of a woman fighting for her family, confronted by the strict cultural rules of her upbringing. Feo Aladag directs with great assurance and cinematic flair, while the remarkable performance by leading actress Sibel Kekilli really brings the film to life. As multi-cultural societies develop around Europe, the subject matter of the film has increasing relevance and hopefully the Label will allow this film to resonate with audiences around Europe as widely as possible.’



Sold internationally by Telepool (Munich), Die Fremde is Feo Aladag's debut feature and stars Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora and Tamer Yigit. The production company is Independent Artists Filmproduktion, based in Berlin.



Synopsis :

 “Stop dreaming!” says the mother to her twenty-five-year-old daughter Umay when she and her young son Cem appear at the door of her parents’ Berlin apartment. Umay has run away from an unhappy marriage in Istanbul and has returned to Berlin because she wants to lead her own life again. She knows that she’s expecting a lot from her parents and siblings

but she hopes that their loving relationship will mean more to them than the pressure of social conventions. Before long however she realises that her family cannot simply ignore their deep-seated traditions and the situation could well break them. When the family decides to restore the family’s reputation by returning Cem to his father, Umay once again begs for their help – but ends up breaking with them for good. Umay falls in love with Stipe and she and Cem begin a new life. Umay tries to mend the relationship with her family, but doesn’t realise that it’s too late for reconciliation.


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