Films I Want to See in New York – 3 – Die Fremde / When We Leave

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Die Fremde / When We Leave
Germany, 2009
Director: Feo Aladag
Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora, Tamer Yigit

Screened at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (North American Premiere), winner World Narrative Feature Competition, winner Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film (Sibel Kekilli)

An accomplished debut feature that manages to tell an emotionally charged story with nuance and compassion for all the characters.

25-year-old Umay (Sibel Kekilli) has run away from unhappy marriage in Istanbul, fleeing to her parents in Berlin with her young son. But social conventions draw the family inexorably toward a terrible deed. Director and screenwriter Aladag defies easy stereotypes to tell a story of errant human beings who inflict great cruelty.

I missed this in Berlin, and am grateful to Tribeca for selecting.

[Berlinale] [IMDb]