Sun May 04,2014

The May screening of The Scene Club, organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, will bring to Dubai the multi-awarded German drama WHEN WE LEAVE (Die Fremde) by Feo Aladag. The screening will take place at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre on Tuesday 13th May at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with acclaimed German actor Florian Lukas (Good Bye Lenin!, The Grand Budapest Hotel). Entry is on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and guests are requested to arrive at 7pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets.

The Scene Club is Dubai’s first-established film club, monthly showcasing the best of world independent cinema; it is run with the support of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage and the Dubai International Film Festival.

What would you sacrifice for your family’s love? Your values? Your freedom? Your life?

German-born Umay flees from her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She is hoping to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions. They are torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately, they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family’s love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn’t realize is just how deep the wounds are and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become …

WHEN WE LEAVE is a gripping, complex portrait of a family in crisis, far removed from any clichés. The theme tackled in this film is universal: the clash between an individual’s desire for self-fulfillment and the pressures of family and society.

The film marked the debut for actress Feo Aladag as screenwriter, producer and director. It premiered at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded over 30 international prizes, including two German Film Awards for Best Film and Best Actress, the LUX Film Prize for Best European Film, the New Faces Award (Germany) for Best First Feature, the Grand Prize for Best Film at Tribeca Film Festival and many others from festivals like Athens, Calgary, Ft. Lauderdale, Ghent, Marrakech, Montreal and Sao Paulo. WHEN WE LEAVE has ultimately played at over 100 festivals worldwide, in 73 countries and on 6 continents and it was chosen as Germany’s official entry to the Oscars in 2010.

Language: German and Turkish with English subtitles
Duration: 119 minutes
Rating: 18

German actor Florian Lukas (Stipe) will be joining the evening for an open Q&A session with the public. A highly accomplished artist who has acted in more than sixty film and TV productions, Florian Lukas enchanted the audiences in the international hit Good Bye Lenin! and won the German Movie Award (2003) as well as the Bambi award

Tickets to The Scene Club are complimentary and are given on a “first-come, first-served” basis on the night of the screening at the club’s Ticket Desk at Knowledge Village Conference Centre from 7pm. Pre-booking at is required, as priority is given to the people who have reserved a ticket. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time at 7pm to avoid disappointment, as seats are limited and the screenings are hugely popular. Between 7pm and 7.45pm all guests can meet fellow film enthusiasts in The Scene Club networking lounge, while enjoying complimentary refreshments. The film will start at 8pm and the evening will conclude with the Q&A session with actor Florian Lukas.

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