Director: Feo Aladag, colour, 119 mins, 2010
Umay lives together with her husband, Kemal, and their son, Cem, in a suburb of the Turkish metropolis, Istanbul. Kemal’s regular and violent outbursts are directed at his wife and his son. Umay develops a tremendous yearning for her hometown, Berlin, and her parents. In desperation, Umay packs her things and runs away from her life in Istanbul and her marriage.
Director, producer and scriptwriter Feo Aladag has managed to create a multi-layered and poignant portrait of a family, far removed from the typical clichés, with her breathtaking cinematic debut When We Leave