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'Die Fremde' takes top honours at Tribeca Film Festival

The Local · 30 Apr 2010, 12:09

Published: 30 Apr 2010 12:09 GMT+02:00

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The film, writer and director Feo Aladag’s first full-length feature, tells the story of a young Turkish-German woman called Umay, played by actress Sibel Kekilli, who struggles against the will of her traditional Muslim family to escape an abusive relationship.

“'When We Leave' examines one woman’s struggle for personal freedom. It’s a theme that is often explored – but rarely told with such humanity, subtlety, craftsmanship or immediacy, as in tonight’s winning entry,” the jury said in a statement. “The result is a film that balances complex social issues with honest human yearnings.”

The jury also lauded actress Kekilli, who first gained attention for her performance in Fatih Akin’s award-winning 2004 film “Gegen die Wand,” or “Head-On,” for her “brilliant” performance.

“By turns this actress was joy and sorrow, and love and hope, a woman both strong enough to stand against generations of Muslim traditions and vulnerable enough to express the pain of a daughter cast aside by all who have loved her,” the statement said.

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This year’s festival included 85 features and 47 short films from 38 countries. The event was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center with the aim of encouraging economic and cultural development in the lower Manhattan district.

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22:51 April 30, 2010 by wood artist
It is truly sad that the US does not recognize the excellence of German films. After watching films such as Downfall and The Lives of Others, and even The Reader, it is clear that the German industry is full of wonderful actors, outstanding directors, and great people behind the scenes. (Yes, I know the Reader was an English director and some cast members, but Bruno and David were great, along with a host of others in the supporting roles)

I've gone back to find others...Rosenstrasse, Edelweise Piraten, and more, and each has proven that the industry deserves more credit. I'm currently digging around for The White Band, and Die Fremde will be on my list too.

05:25 May 1, 2010 by pepsionice
After traveling around Europe over the past fifteen years...I'd have to say that some guy could run a major network, with German, Dutch, French and Danish movies & TV shows....and probably have a pretty good base of viewers. There are probably 10,000 German movies sitting out there worth putting up to an American audience.
07:40 May 5, 2010 by wmm208
10,000 movies either about 3 subjects. 10,000 movies about the reunification, WW2 or Turkish immigrants being recially profiled by Germans in Berlin. Typisch...
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