The LUX Prize invites you to see When We Leave at Brussels’ Galeries Cinéma

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While we are still waiting to find out if this year’s LUX Prize winner, Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, will take home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, we will be able to once again enjoy the film that received the European Parliament film award back in 2010. Feo Aladag’s compelling When We Leave will be screened at Brussels’ Galeries Cinéma on March 5, and the LUX Prize invites you to watch it (again).


Aladag’s first feature, When We Leave (Die Fremde) is the moving story of Umay (Sibel Kekilli), a young woman of Turkish descent torn between her desire for independence and her family’s cultural traditions. The Austrian filmmaker depicts Umay’s struggle by touching on the sensitive topic of discrimination and violence against women, one that the LUX Prize wants to put in the spotlight on the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March).


This event also marks the beginning of the LUX Prize’s collaboration with ARTE, whose website will stream the film, free of charge, on 8 March and for a further three months.


If you wish to attend When We Leave’s screening in Brussels, which is also free of charge, please email your name and contact details to


See you there!

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