Die Fremde

Die Fremde

Deutschland 2008-2010, Spielfilm


When we leave

"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.

But before long 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 mend the relationship with her family, but doesn't realise that it's too late for reconciliation.

Feo Aladag: "Many German citizens of Turkish descent are – understandably – at odds with their identity. In Germany they feel Turkish and unwanted, and in Turkey they feel like Germans. Even in this section of society adultery is an exception – the worst catastrophe. In my opinion, one of the reasons for the current return to traditional values, particularly within a younger genera - tion, is social exclusion by the majority society. "Die Fremde" is not meant to be a representative portrait of a social group, nor is it a manual for life. Rather, the film seeks to bring to light one possibility, which, in this story, contains the real sense of hope."

Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)


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All Credits

Director:Feo Aladag
Assistant director:Matthias Junge, Christian Hoyer
Script supervisor:Nergis Usta
Screenplay:Feo Aladag
Director of photography:Judith Kaufmann
Assistant camera:Henrik Sauer, Christian von Spee (Türkei)
Steadycam operator:Matthias Biber, Michael Ole Nielsen
Key grip:Maike Maier
Production design:Silke Buhr
Property master:Simon Blum
Stand-by props:Jutta Lilli Erasin
Make-up artist:Monika Münnich, Vera Michel
Costume design:Gioia Raspé
Editing:Andrea Mertens
Sound:Jörg Kidrowski
Sound assistant:Oliver Göbel
Synch sound:Alexej Ashkenazy
Stunt co-ordinator:Rainer Werner
Casting:Ulrike Müller, Harika Uygur, Luci Lenox
Music:Max Richter, Stéphane Moucha
Sibel KekilliUmay
Derya AlaboraHalyme
Blanca Apilanez FernandezCarmen
Tamer YigitMehmet
Florian LukasStipe
Serhad CanAcar
Almila BağrıaçıkRana
Alwara HöfelsAtife
Mustafa JouniMete
Settar TanriögenKader
Ufuk BayraktarKemal
Marlon PulatDuran
Nursel KöseGül
Nizam SchillerCem
Orhan Güner
Production company:Independent Artists Filmproduktion (Berlin)
in association with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) (Berlin + Potsdam)
Producer:Feo Aladag, Züli Aladag
Producer (TV):Katja de Bock (Westdeutscher Rundfunk [WDR]), Dariah Moheb-Zandi (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg [RBB]), Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte)
Line producer:Karsten Aurich
Location manager:Franziska Jahnke, Alpay Algür (Set)
Production assistant:Christoph Kukula
Post-production:Elke Andreas-Möller
Shoot:15.07.2008-14.09.2008: Berlin, Istanbul, Kayseri
Original distributor:Majestic Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:3362 m, 123 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.09.2009, 119627, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.2010


Originaltitel (DE) Die Fremde
Titelübersetzung L'etrangére
Titelübersetzung When we leave



Length:3362 m, 123 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.09.2009, 119627, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 11.03.2010


Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2011
Beste Kamera
Beste Hauptdarstellerin (ex aequo >Drei<)
Bestes Spielfilmdebut
Bester Schnitt
Bester Spielfilm
Bestes Drehbuch
Premiers Plans Film Festival, Angers 2011
Diva 2011
Regieleistung des Jahres 2010
Deutscher Entertainment Preis
Kommunales Kino Esslingen 2011
Goldene Zwiebel, Beste Darstellerin
Goldene Zwiebel, Bestes Debüt
Europaparlament Brüssel 2010
IFF Gent 2010
Großer Preis, Bester Film
Filmfest München 2010
Bernhard Wicki Filmpreis, Darstellerpreis
Deutscher Kamerapreis 2010
Beste Kamera, Kinospielfilm
Tribeca Film Festival, New York 2010
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
Deutscher Filmpreis 2010
Lola, Beste Darstellerin
Lola in Bronze, Bester Spielfilm
São Paulo International Film Festival 2010
Bester Film
Victoria Film Festival, Kanada 2010
Bester Film
Calgary International Film Festival, Kanada 2010
Bester internationaler Spielfilm
Video Champion 2010
Video Champion Artist Award
DEFA-Stiftung 2010
Preis zur Förderung des künstlerischen Nachwuchses
Créteil Womens Film Festival, Frankreich 2010
Kirchliches Filmfestival Recklinghausen 2010
Bester Film
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA 2010
Bester Film
Panorama of European Cinema, Athen 2010
International Jury Award
Cologne Conference 2010
Deutscher Casting-Preis
Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal, Kanada 2010
Beste Darstellerin
New Faces Award 2010
Bester Debütfilm
FBW 2009
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll



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