KUMA is a film about the friendship between two women in a Turkish family in Vienna: Fatma, a mother with principles, who values her family above all else, and Ayse, a girl from rural Turkey who becomes the newest member of the family. This friendship is put to the test when fate forces Ayse to learn more about the world around her. The film premiered at Berlinale 2012.
Umut Dag, born 1982, grew up as the eldest child of a Kurdish immigrant family in Vienna. After attending Vienna Business School, he studied International Development, Religious Studies and Education. With time he concentrated more on his short films and eventually worked simultaneously in the Austrian advertising and movie landscape, where he cooperated at Productions such as Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters, 2007, by Stefan Ruzowitzky). Since 2006, he is studying directing at the Vienna Film Academy with Peter Patzak and Michael Haneke. // Films (Selected): TODESNACHRICHTEN (2008, short), AUS EIGENER KRAFT (2009, doc), PAPA (2011, short), KUMA (2012)
Austria / Turkey 2012
- Petra Ladinigg
- Carsten Thiele
- Claudia Linzer
- Sergey Martynyuk
- Nihal Koldas/Begüm Akkaya/Vedat Erincin/Murathan Muslu/Alev Irmak