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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 119 MIN | 2010

WHEN WE LEAVE

No longer able to stand her husband's ill-treatment, Umay flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son Cem to seek shelter in the arms of her family living in Berlin. But as the reality of Umay's defiant actions sets in, the family's reputation within the Turkish community at home and abroad is threatened—resulting in her sister's engagement being rescinded and ultimately leaving little Cem's future in question. Love, affection, and loyalty soon become irrelevant as a once caring and close-knit family painstakingly struggle to reconcile Umay's willful self-determination with the patriarchal social system that governs their lives.

Standout performances led by award-winning actress Sibel Kekilli (lead in Fatih Akin's acclaimed Head-On) deliver nuance and almost foolhardy earnestness to an irresolvable situation that teeters between hope and heartbreak. An award-winner at the Berlinale, Austrian actress Feo Aladag's compelling directorial debut wrestles with the question: What sacrifice is independence truly worth?

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 119 minutes
Language: German, Turkish
Country: Germany
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriogen, Alware Hofels, Nursel Köse
Director: Feo Aladag
Screenwriter: Feo Aladag
Producer: Feo Aladag
Editor: Andrea Mertens
Director of Photography: Judith Kaufmann
Music: Max Richter & Stephane Moucha
Make Up Artist: Monika Munnich
Costume Design: Gioia Raspe
Production Design: Silke Buhr
Press Contacts

Print Source
Julia Radke
Independent Artists Filmproduktion
Berlin, 10557
Phone: +49 30 28044706
julia@independent-artists-filmproduktion.de

Print Source
Julia Radke
Independent Artists Filmproduktion
Berlin, 10557
Phone: +49 30 28044706
julia@independent-artists-filmproduktion.de

Special Note

Winner of The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Sibel Kekilli as Umay. Click for Showtimes



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About the Director(s)
Feo Aladag studied acting in her hometown of Vienna and in London and has a PhD in communications and psychology. She wrote about film and TV for newspapers in Austria and has written several scripts for television. She continues to work as a commercial director and film actress. When We Leave is her feature directing debut.

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