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STRANGER IN ME, THE (FREMDE IN MIR, DAS)

STRANGER IN ME, THE
THE STRANGER IN ME (photo © Markus Schaedel)

A young couple in love: Rebecca (32) and her boyfriend Julian (34) are expecting their first child and are full of pleasant expectation. As Rebecca gives birth to a healthy boy their luck seems to be perfect. But instead of the unconditional motherly love she was expecting, she is thrown into an emotional turmoil. Helplessness and desperation reign and her own baby is a stranger to her. With every day that passes, her inability to meet the demands of motherhood become more and more apparent. Unable to admit this to anyone, not even Julian, she falls into a deep darkness – to the point that she realizes she is becoming a threat to her child. Now only unconditional love can bring her back on track...


Emily Atef was born in Berlin to French and Iranian parents. She grew up in Los Angeles and Paris, before moving to London to work in the theater. In 2001, she enrolled in the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. Her acclaimed films include: MOLLY'S WAY (2005), THE STRANGER IN ME (2008), KILL ME (2011), DON'T WORRY I'M FINE (TV, 2017), and 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Emily Atef
Screenplay Esther Bernstorff, Emily Atef
Cinematography Henner Besuch
Beatrice Babin
Manfred Eicher
Annette Lofy
Cast Brigitte Zeh, Hans Diehl, Doerte Lyssewski, Judith Engel, Maren Kroymann, Johann von Bülow, Susanne Wolff
Producers Nicole Gerhards, Hanneke van der Tas
Production Company Nikovantastic Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), in association with ARTE
Length 99 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 2008 (Critics' Week), Munich 2008, Montreal 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Mar del Plata 2008 (In Competition), Goteborg 2009
Awards Best Film Sao Paulo 2008
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Nordmedia
German Distributor Ventura Film/Thuengersheim

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