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WHEN WE LEAVE (FREMDE, DIE)

WHEN WE LEAVE
photo © 2008 Independent Artists Filmproduktion/Manfred Horender

What would you sacrifice for your family’s love? Your values? Your freedom? Your independence? German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She is hoping to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family’s love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn’t realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become...


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. During this time she also maintained a successful career as a scriptwriter and commercial film director. 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). Her second feature, INBETWEEN WORLDS (2014), was secretly shot on location in the region of Mazar-e Sharif and Kunduz in Afghanistan.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Feo Aladag
Screenplay Feo Aladag
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Andrea Mertens
Max Richter, Stéphane Moucha
Silke Buhr
Cast Tamer Yigit, Florian Lukas, Serhad Can, Almila Bagriacik, Nursel Koese, Alwara Höfels, Ufuk Bayraktar, Blanca Apilánez, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanrioegen, Nizam Schiller, Sibel Kekilli
Producers Feo Aladag, Zueli Aladag
Production Company Independent Artists Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, RBB, ARTE
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Turkish
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2010, Tribeca 2010 (Competition), CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010, Créteil 2010 (Competiton), Istanbul 2010, Seattle 2010, Shanghai 2010, Moscow 2010, Ghent 2010 (Competition), Traverse City Film Festival 2010, SANFIC6 2010 (Competition), Espoo Ciné International 2010, Cinéfest Sudbury 2010, Haifa 2010 (Comeptition), Lahore 2010 (Opening Film), Calgary 2010, Vancouver 2010, Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2010 (Competition), Hamptons 2010, Mill Valley 2010, Warsaw 2010, Morelia 2010, Zagreb 2010 (Competition), Panorama European Cinema Athens 2010 (In Competition), Sao Paulo 2010 (New Filmmakers Competition), Valladolid 2010 (Competition), Molodist Kiev 2010 (Competition), Fort Lauderdale 2010 (Competition), Starz Denver 2010 (Competition), Seville 2010, MEDFILM Fetsival Italy 2010, Dubai 2010 (Competition), Annonay 2010 (Competition), Fetival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2010, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2010, Kerala 2010, Tallinn Black Nights 2010, Havana 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Festival Premieres Plan Angers 2011, Göteborg 2011, Victoria Film Festival 2011, Odesa 2017
Awards Europa Cinemas Award Berlin 2010, German Film Awards 2010 (Best Film in Bronze, Best Leading Actress), Best Feature & Best Actress Tribeca 2010, German Camera Award 2010, Best Film/Audience Award Créteil 2010, Bernhard Wicki Film Prize 2010, German Casting Award 2010, Best Film Ghent 2010, Best Actress (Sibel Kekilli) Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2010, Best Film Sao Paulo 2010, International Jury Prize Athens 2010, Best Film Fort Lauderdale 2010, LUX Cinema Prize of the European Parliament 2010, German Film Critic's Award 2011 (Best Film, Best Debut Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score), Best Film Victoria Film Festival Canada 2011, DIVA 2011 (Best Direction), Audience Award Angers 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih/Berlin

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