Die Fremde

I was really excited last Sunday to be able to attend a free screening of a prize-winning film Die Fremde (literally translated as The Foreigner, but the film was shown under the English title When We Leave).  The screening took place at my favourite cinema, Cornerhouse, on Oxford Road in Manchester.  Here’s the trailer from the official website:

Recognising the difficulties in distributing a film in a multi-lingual market, the Lux Film Prize is awarded by the European Parliament, and covers the cost of subtitling its winning film in each of the 23 EU official languages, and of supplying a copy of the film to each of the 27 EU member states.  The film is then shown to invited audiences during the month of May in each of the countries, and the UK venue was Manchester.

What I found interesting about this film was the subject matter – a Turkish-German woman’s search for self-fulfilment, and the conflict this produces for her among her family and community, where the men traditionally have authority.  Touching on issues of forced marriage and domestic violence, the film also has some scenes of real happiness and love, along with some absolute heartbreak.

Although not officially released in the UK yet, I would highly recommend taking a look when the opportunity arises.  It’s a story which is highly relevant, not just in Germany or among the Turkish community, and raises lots of questions.

Congratulations to director Feo Aladag, Cornerhouse and the European Parliament for making, showing and distributing this beautiful and thought-provoking film.