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'When We Leave' to compete for Oscar

The Local · 18 Sep 2010, 10:00

Published: 18 Sep 2010 10:00 GMT+02:00

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The film, starring Sibel Kekilli, the young actor who made her name in the 2004 film Head-On (Gegen die Wand), was chosen by a jury of Germany's film export office.

The jury described it as "an extremely well-written, atmospherically directed and moving film with outstanding acting performances. The film treats the struggle of a young German-Turkish mother for self-determination in two value systems in a highly dramatic and subtle manner."

'When We Leave' has been hailed with near-universal acclaim at the 35 film festivals where it has been screened world-wide, winning the best film prize at the Tribeca festival in New York. Its premiere was in the 2010 Berlin film festival in February.

Kekilli also won the best actress award at the German Film Awards, and the film is also one of three nominees for the Prix Lux, the European parliament's film awards.

Director Aladag said, "It is an unbelievable honour that our film has been chosen by the German committee. It has always been my aim to make a universal film that can reach and touch people across ethnic, cultural and language barriers."

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will choose five foreign language film nominations for the Oscar on January 25, 2011. Next year's Oscars ceremony takes place on February 27, 2011.

'When We Leave' will be released in the US in February 2011.

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17:44 September 18, 2010 by wood artist
It's great to see yet another German film nominated, and given the recent run of wonderful films, I hope to see this one soon.

To me it is sad that "foreign films," especially German films, don't get wider distribution in the US. The Lives of Others was wonderful and deserved to be seen by a wider audience. Unfortunately, because it didn't include a whole bunch of whizz-bang special effects, distributors think no one will want to see it. American films rarely deal with characters and story, and that's sad.

People came to see Ordinary People, and it won an Oscar or two. They would come to see these films too...if only they were shown.

Good luck to everyone involved. Break a leg.

18:13 September 22, 2010 by NYsteve
I wish we would get more German films here in the US.....The Reader (filmed in Germany), Der Untergang, and tho not "wholly" German, Joyeaux Noel are the "sort of" recent ones. The film industry in Germany truly amazes me with the quality of the movies I see! Oh...and ANY movie with Diane Kruger speaking German instead of English! Her English is perfect but WOW, how sexy she is in her native language!!!! Time for a shower.....
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