"A coherent, consistently implemented color concept, the 4:3 format corresponding to the depicted social confinement, and impressive camera work, especially in the long uncut opening scene, testify to the fact that Elaha is not just a thematic film, but an all-around well-crafted piece of cinematic art.”

"Stylistically, ELAHA moves along conventional lines, but convinces with characters that seem authentic, pointed dialogues and, above all, a differentiated view of its subject matter."
"...ELAHA, one of the strongest films of this year's Perspective."


“A nuanced portrait.”


Elaha is a young Kurdish-German woman torn between the unconditional love for her family and her own aspirations in life. Although she cares most about having a good time with her girlfriends and taking care of her younger brother, she has to fight patriarchy while being the perfect daughter. Ultimately, she has to make a decision: To tell the truth or live a life in grand delusion. A psychological journey about emancipation that reveals that only by facing reality, we can be true to ourselves.

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Director: Milena Aboyan
Genre: Drama - Emancipation, Family, Traditions, Patriarchy, Empowerment
Original title: Elaha
English title: Elaha
Country of production: Germany
Year of production: 2023
Length: 110
Color: color
Shooting format: 4K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: German, Kurdish
Subtitles: English

Cast: Bayan Layla, Derya Durmaz, Nazmi Kirik, Armin Wahedi, Derya Dilber, Cansu Dogan (Leyan), Beritan Balci, Slavko Popadić, Hadnet Tesfai, Homa Faghiri, Rebér Ibrahims
Scriptwriter: Milena Aboyan, Constantin Hatz
Director of photography: Christopher Behrmann
Production designer: Nora Balmer, Christina Mammes
Editor: Elias Engelhardt
Sound design: Perschya Chehrazi
Sound mixing: Perschya Chehrazi
Music: Kilian Oser
Producers: Matthias Greving, Igor Dovgal, Executive Producer: Kirsten Lukaczik, Creative Producers: Emina Smajić, Janina Sara Hennemann
Production company: Kinescope Film GmbH in cooperation with Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in coproduction with Essence Film SWR/Arte
Supported by: MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH, Nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino - World Premiere
Lichter Film Fest Frankfurt, Germany - Audience Award
Internationalen Studierendenfilmfestival Sehsüchte, Germany
Crossing Europe, Austria - Special Mention in Section „YAAAS!“
Sprouts Film Festival, The Netherlands  
Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney, Germany - Norderneyer Engel 2023, NDR Film Prize for Young Talent, DGB-Filmpreis
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Youth Film Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Giffoni Film Festival, Italy
MICGénero, Mexico
World Cinema Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fünf Seen Film Festival, Germany - Perspektive Junges Kino
Elbe Dock, Czech Republic
Bucharest Feminist Film Festival, Romania
Calgary International Film Festival, Canada



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