Emily Atef

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Emily Atef
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Atef in 2018
Berlin, Germany[1]
OccupationFilm-maker,[2] producer
Years active2003–present

Emily Atef (born 1973) is a French-Iranian[3] director, screenwriter and producer based in Berlin.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

When she was 7 Atef moved from Berlin to Los Angeles with her French-Iranian parents.[3] and her brother the drummer Cyril Atef[7] At the age of 13 they moved to France where Atef finished school and later she went to London to work as an actor in the London theater scene. Atef returned to Berlin to study film direction at the prestigious Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin.


Her first feature-length film Molly's Way which, like her 2 following feature films was co-authored by Esther Bernstorff received an advancement award at the Filmfest München (film festival Munich) in 2005 for best script and the Grand Jury Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, the only A-Festival in South America as well as several other awards.[8] Her second feature-length film The Stranger in Me which deals with a young mother having postnatal depression also received several awards and was screened at the International Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival[9] . She then got a scholarship from the Cinéfondation in Cannes which she used, to write her next movie Kill me that is distributed by Les Films du Losange Kill Me was voted as best fictional foreign language work at the 2013 Bradford Film Festival. Atef directed her first TV film Königin der Nacht[10] (Queen of the night) a family drama shot in the Black Forest for the ARD in 2016. In the same year Atef directed Wunschkinder[11] a true story about a couples extreme endeavour to adopt a child in Russia. Written by the Grimme prize winner Dorothee Schön and produced by X Filme Creative Pool. Atef shot the film in Poland and Berlin. In 2017 Atef directed a TV Drama, Macht euch keine Sorgen[12] (Don't worry, I'm fine) for the ARD produced by ZeroOne Film, a about a father who finds out his 19-year-old son has left to Syria to be part of ISIS. The film opened at the 51’s Hof International Filmfestival[13] in the Autumn of 2017 and will air on German TV in 2018.

In 2017, Emily Atef wrote and directed the feature film 3 Days in Quiberon[14] It depicts 3 emotional days of one of Europe’s biggest stars, Romy Schneider where she gave her last German interview to ‘Stern’ magazine. 3 Days in Quiberon had its world premier in the competition section of the 68. Berlin International Film Festival[15] and competed for the Golden Bear. 3 Days in Quiberon was the big winner at the German Academy Awards [16] in 2018 taking home seven Lolas: The Golden Lola for best film as well as statuettes for best director for Atef, lead actress Marie Bäumer, supporting actors Birgit Minichmayr and Robert Gwisdek, DoP Thomas W. Kiennast, and composers Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Maas.



Year Title Notes
2003 XX to XY: Fighting to Be Jake[17] short film
2004 Asyl
2005 Molly's Way[18] feature film
2008 The Stranger in Me[19] feature film
2011 Kill me[20] aka Töte Mich, feature film
2015 Königin in der Nacht[21] TV film
2016 Wunschkinder[11] TV film
2017 Macht euch keine Sorgen[12] TV Film aka Don't worry, I’m fine
2018 3 Days in Quiberon[22] aka 3 Tage in Quiberon, feature film


Year Title Role
2004 Marseille[23] Zelda[24]


  • An advancement award for Molly's Way
  • German Independence Awards for The Stranger in Me[25]
  • Otto Sprenger Award for The Stranger in Me


  1. ^ "Swiss Films: Emily Atef". www.swissfilms.ch. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Emily Atef, Celebrated German Filmmaker & Producer". Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Emily Atef – Festival Scope: Festivals on Demand for Film Professionals World Wide". pro.festivalscope.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  4. ^ "The Stranger In Me". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Emily Atef • Director". Cineuropa – the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo (11 February 2015). "Berlin: '3 Days in Quiberon' Takes Berlinale Co-Production Market Prize". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Tue moi Toete mich" (in French). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Noch ein Festivalpreis für Emily Atefs "Molly's Way"". Die Welt. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The Stranger In Me (Das Fremde In Mir)". 22 May 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Königin der Nacht". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD) (in German). Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b ""Es sollte bewusst kein Film über Adoption werden" | FilmMittwoch im Ersten". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD) (in German). Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Drehstart für das WDR/ARD-Familiendrama "Macht euch keine Sorgen"" (in German). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Macht euch keine Sorgen". October 2017. Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  14. ^ "3 Days in Quiberon Takes Berlinale Co-Production Market Prize". 11 February 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Fleshes Out Competition Lineuphttp". 15 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  16. ^ "3 Days in Quiberon wins 7 Lolas at German Film Awards". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Emily Atef | filmportal.de". www.filmportal.de (in German). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Droga Molly / Molly's Way" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Obcy we mnie / Das Fremde in mir" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Töte mich" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Königin der Nacht". Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen (ARD) (in German). Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  22. ^ "3 Tage in Quibéron (2017)". en.unifrance.org. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Dubai International Film Festival | Emily Atef". Dubai International Film Festival. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Casting de Marseille". Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  25. ^ Meza, Ed (15 September 2008). "Oldenburg fest honors 'Stranger'". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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