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June 2014

"Berlin Telegram"

by Leila Albayaty; opens August 14, 2014

Leila is a singer-songwriter who lives in Brussels. When Antoine, the man she is in love with, suddenly walks out on her for another woman, she leaves for Berlin to start a new life. Before closing the door of her apartment for the last time, she films herself in a mirror, vowing, one day, to send Antoine the images of her new life. It will be her revenge. It's a musical road-movie that travels to Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon and Cairo with Leila as our guide . A story of crossing paths, re-learning to live, and opening yourself up to the world. Antoine will never get to see the images.

Thursday 14th of August 21h45 film presentation and discussion with the director at fsk-Kino am Oranienplatz, Berlin.

For further informationen as well as the English trailer please click here.

In addition to the release there will be two concerts in Berlin. Berlin Telegram Party: Love Songs, Film-und DJ noctural - Konzert: Leila Albayaty (Voice, guitar), Gio Korkashvili (guitar), Amélie Legrand (Cello+sound effect). DJ: Berlin Telegram Guest. Get an impression on Soundcloud.

20.08., 9pm at Monarch, Skalitzer Strasse 134

19.09., 8pm film screening and concert at Villa Neukölln, Hermannstraße 233

Awards :
Prix TV5 : Meillleur film francophone Tous Ecrans, Genève.
Prix Meilleure Cinématographie Achtung Berlin.

Festival selections:
Festival of Dubaï in Arabic competition (Dubaï)
Opening in the  Goethe Institut in Cairo (Egypt)
Gulf Film festival (Dubaï)
Arabic Film Festival in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Festival de films d’auteurs de Rabat (Morocco)
World Premiere in Mons (Belgium)
Indielisbao (Lisbon, Portugal)
Women Films (Chainai, India)
Tübingen (Germany)
Cinémania (Quebec, Canada)
Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Festival le 7ème Continent (Paris, France)
Achtung Berlin (Germany)
Festival Alfilm (Berlin, Germany)
Festival de Rabat (Marocco)

Leila Albayaty
is French, of Iraqi origin. She is based between Belgium, Germany and France. An eclectic artist, she divides her time between music (singing, writing and composing) and directing films. She just finished her first feature film BERLIN TELEGRAM and is completing her second album, "Berlin Telegram Record".


Country: Belgium, France 2012, Format: Blu-ray, colour. Running time: 79 min. Language: English, French, German. Version: OV with English subtitles.
Script : Marylise Dumont, Leila Albayaty. Production company: Stemple, Zero Fiction. Photography: Michel Balagué, Christophe Bouckaert. Montage:Anne-Laure Guégan. Sound: Fabrice Osinski, Fred Demolder, Mikael Barre. Music: Leila Albayaty and Guests. Cast: Leila Albayaty, Hana Al Bayaty, Eric Ménard, Maryam Najd, Cristoforo Spoto, Alain Rylant, Ivan Imperiali, Sebastian Blomberg, Tarek Atoui, Marc Barbé, Marc A.Huyghens, Françoise Vidick, Anja Naucler, Simone Albayaty, Abdul Ilah Albayaty. World premiere: April 2012, IndieLisboa.