Olive Films takes 'When We Leave' for U.S.

Debut drama from German director Feo Aladag from Telepool

COLOGNE, Germany -- Olive Films has picked up U.S. rights to "When We Leave," the debut drama from German director Feo Aladag starring Sibel Kekilli ("Head-On") as a woman ostracized by her devout Muslim family.

"When We Leave" has been collection accolades since its debut at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. The film won best feature and Kekilli best actress honors at Tribeca and Kekilli picked up the Best Actress Lola -- Germany's equivalent of the Oscar -- for her commanding performance as Umay, an abused wife whose family turns against her.

The deal was negotiated by Olive Films' president Farhad Arshad and Irina Ignatiew, evp of German world sales group Telepool.

"We felt strongly about this title from the very beginning," Arshad said. "A delicate examination of a painful reality, the film affords the audience the space needed to experience the anxieties of the characters without attempting to reach or to confirm pre-set conclusions."

Olive plans to bow "When We Leave" in the U.S. in early 2011.

Chicago-based Olive is quickly emerging as a go-to distributor for foreign language art house fare. Recent acquisitions include Berlin Film Fest winner "Honey" from Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu; Danish prison drama "R;" Rafi Pitts' Iranian revenge tale "The Hunger" and Gerard Depardieu-starrer "Mammuth."

Olive also just picked up the cloning drama "Womb," the English-language debut of Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf starring Matt Smith and Eva Green.