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Unveiled (Fremde Haut)

Unveiled
Scene from "Unveiled" (photo © MMM Film GmbH)

Fariba, prosecuted in Iran because of her love for a woman, flees to Germany. But her application for asylum is turned down. Her desperate prospects are improved by the suicide of her fellow-inmate Siamak: she assumes his identity and using his temporary permit of sojourn, is sent to a provincial village.

At first glance, her survival seems to be assured, but in the refugee home she is obliged to uphold her male disguise in cramped quarters and a single mistake could blow her cover.

In order to pay for forged documents, she takes an illegal job in a factory, where she meets Anne, who is very solicitous about Siamak’s well-being and derives some kind of pleasure from the strange foreigner. While spending more and more time together, they become dangerously close and Anne begins to suspect Fariba’s true identity.


Angelina Maccarone was born in Cologne in 1965 and studied German and American Literature and Film at the University of Hamburg. She made her directorial debut in 1994 with the coming-out comedy KOMMT MAUSI RAUS? and followed this with EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE (ALLES WIRD GUT, 1997) winner of Audience Awards in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, AN ANGEL'S REVENGE (EIN ENGEL SCHLÄGT ZURÜCK, 1997), UNVEILED (FREMDE HAUT, 2005) winner of the Hessischer Filmpreis for Best Feature, Jury Grand Prize at the International LGBT Festival in Montreal and the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Seattle L & G Film Festival, HOUNDED (VERFOLGT, 2006) which won the Filmmakers of the Present: Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2006, VIVERE (2006), and THE LOOK (2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Angelina Maccarone
Screenplay Angelina Maccarone, Judith Kaufmann
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Bettina Boehler
Thomas Stromberger
Cast Navid Akhavan, Jasmin Tabatabai, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Hinnerk Schönemann, Jens Münchow
Producer Ulrike Zimmermann
Production Company MMM Film/Hamburg, in co-production with Fischer Film/Vienna
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Farsi
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2005 (In Competition), Rio 2005, Warsaw 2005, Haifa 2005, Sao Paulo 2005, Copenhagen 2005, Thessaloniki 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Goteborg 2006, Cyprus 2006
Awards Golden Aphrodite Award: Best Feature, Best Actress & Best Direction Cyprus 2006
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Hessische Filmfoerderung, Foerderung des Hessischen Rundfunks, Filmfonds Wien, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut

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