Saturday, September 18, 2010

German nominee for foreign film Oscar about breaking ties to Islam


Berlin - Germany is to nominate When We Leave, a movie about a woman who manages to break away from the dictates of her Muslim family, for Best Foreign Film at next year's Oscars movie awards ceremony, officials said Saturday.

The movie, made this year by an Austrian-born female director, Feo Aladag, was selected by a panel of judges from German Films Service and Marketing, an agency that promotes German movies abroad.

'This movie depicts, in a very dramatic and subtle way, the battle of a young German-Turkish mother for her self-determination between two systems of values,' said an endorsement by the judges.

Sibel Kekilli, a German of Turkish extraction, plays the title role in When We Leave, which appeals to German interest in how young Muslim immigrants shake off the values of their ancestral homelands and integrate into the German way of life.

A spokeswoman announced the choice at the Munich head office of the agency, which has the nomination right for Germany.

Aladag called the choice 'an incredibly big honour,' saying, 'I always wanted to make a universal film that reaches and touches people across ethnic, cultural and linguistic barriers.'

The next move is up to the US Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which picks five officially nominated films from around the globe, one of which will receive the 2011 Academy Award, or Oscar.

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