Emily Atef

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Emily Atef born 1973 in Berlin is a film-maker. When she was 7 she moved to Los Angeles with her French-Iranian parents. At the age of 13 they moved to France where she finished school and later she went to London to work as an actor at the London Theatre. She later returned to Germany to study film direction at the 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[1] as well as several other awards. Her second feature-length film Das Fremde in mir which deals with a young mother having postnatal depression also received several awards and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She then got a scholarship from the Cinéfondation in Cannes which she used, to write her next movie Töte mich.[2] that is distributed by Les Films du Losange [3] Kill Me was voted as best fictional foreign language work at the 2013 Bradford Film Festival.


as director
  • 2003: XX to XY: Fighting to Be Jake (short film)
  • 2004: Asyl
  • 2005: Molly's Way
  • 2008: Das Fremde in mir (aka The Stranger in Me)
  • 2011: Töte mich (aka Kill me)
as actress

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