Two PERSONS MEET ON A DESOLATE island in the North Sea. Karin, a 40-year-old woman and Deniz, a 50-year old writer, who is seeking political asylum. The fact that they don't speak the same language entices them to try to find out more about one another and they start a love-affair. The writer has been silent for years, but in this harmonious situation he starts to write again. Only Karin knows that his appeal for asylum has been rejected. After a long winter he is identified and deported. Karin is left with his manuscript. Not until the book has been translated she finds out who he was. Comment:THE FIRST SOUND IS THE SCREAMING OF BIRDS at sea. The image of the bird's flight and freedom is as worn as it is unsurpassed. In the trailer the title's ''farewell, stranger'' appears as if someone has written it by hand, in a letter. A farewell, maybe of an unknown person, maybe a meeting that never becomes more than fleeting. Farewell, Stranger is about estrangement and man's unwillingness to understand. Political refugees have landed on a small German island and don't speak the islander's language. It's about a quiet love-story. In a way a proof that the simple, at first sight, impossible things, as unconditional love and mutual respect triumphs where negative nonchalance has become a given. Like the lady at the register in the supermarket, when she refuses to make even the smallest effort to understand when a Muslim is trying to find out if the ground meat contains any pork. It's a personal story where the Turkish director Tevfik Baser, who lives in Germany, knows and can work with the fine detail. It's a humble film where the camera registers and stays at a distance, never intruding, but letting the surrounding and the characters create a unity. A framework where the camera gives the viewer an occasion to observe. The camera eye stays in the car when the woman has left, it looks through a window, a door, creates a beautiful painting with a deep horizon and a wet field. Lingering images. Lingering images that become an expression for man's waiting, at the same time as the landscape, often in rain and storm, turns into the image of the restlessness inside, originating in the intrusive peacefulness and uncertainty. The wide, open, also eternally flat and deserted landscape where the people is an integral part and often portrayed as solitary or planted in the wrong soil. We observe signs of travel: car, boat, birdflight, roads with no end at the horizon, refugees in a trailer. And signs of arrest: waiting, idleness, gloom, car-wrecks, boat-wrecks, a burnt down trailer. The film is current, maybe even more so now since the attention Germany has got because of its hostility towards foreigners. Walls are torn down, borders opened, but the mental barriers are growing. A beautiful film made with humility and a big heart .WARDA KHALDI

Lebewohl, Fremde
Tevfik Baser
90 min
Europa idag
German, Turkish
Grazyna Szapolowska, Müsfik Kenter, Gustav-Peter Wohler
Helga Bähr
Tevfik Baser
Claus Bantzer

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