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Activities - 28/03/2011


WHEN WE LEAVE to be released in French cinemas on 20 April


Die Fremde - L'Etrangère

Garlanded by many awards after the Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin at the beginning of 2010, Die Fremde has since come out in Germany, Austria, Turkey and the Netherlands. Wild Bunch will distribute it in France starting 20 April.

The first feature film by Austrian director Feo Aladag, When We Leave was discovered when it was shown at the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. Since then it has enjoyed a remarkable career in festivals, winning notably several prizes for best film (at São Paulo for example), best actress (at the German Film Awards) and people's choice (at the recent Premiers Plans festival in Angers), as well as the Lux Prize of the European Parliament.
Sibel Kekilli, revealed in Head-on by Fatih Akin, plays the role of Umay, a young Turkish woman who grew up in Germany. After a violent dispute with her husband she leaves Istanbul with her son and returns to her family in Berlin's Turkish neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. But her family members, imprisoned by the values of their community, do not welcome her as she had hoped. Umay is obliged to flee once more to save her family from dishonour.
The jury comprising 4 members of the Europa Cinemas Network declared during the Panorama: “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.”
There's every indication this film will be much talked about on its French release, as well as during the major event that the European Parliament is currently organising with Europa Cinemas. On 9 May Network cinemas across Europe will show When We Leave, subtitled in each country's language. More on that score here soon.