“Die Fremde” (When We Leave), a German film starring Turkish-German actress Sibel Kekilli, has won the European Parliament’s 2010 Lux Prize, news agencies reported on Wednesday.
The announcement of the winner of the prize was made during a session of the European Parliament on Wednesday in Strasbourg.
“Die Fremde,” a German production written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Feo Aladag, follows the story of a young woman (Kekilli) who flees an oppressive marriage in İstanbul and moves to Berlin.
Aladag, in her acceptance speech following the announcement, said she made the film with the “hope that the multicultural life we’re leading right now [in Europe] can be sustained through not only developing the consensus among us, but also by coming up with new solutions to new problems that surface,” the Anatolia news agency reported. “This award serves as a bridge that connects national identities with the ones that are outside [these identities],” she added.
The award, voted on by the members of the European Parliament, grants 90,000 euros for the film’s subtitling in the 23 official languages spoken across the European Union.
The Lux Film Prize was launched in 2007, when Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akın won the award for his drama “Auf der anderen Seite” (The Edge of Heaven). Fiction, animated features and creative documentaries that illustrate or question the founding values of European identity and Europe’s cultural diversity, or that provide insights into the debate on the EU integration process are eligible for consideration for the prize.
“Die Fremde” also won best narrative feature and best actress (for Kekilli) earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.