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.

Director's Biography
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)
Austrian Screenings 2012
Umut Dağ
Austria / Turkey 2012
93 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Petra Ladinigg
Cinematography Carsten Thiele
Editing Claudia Linzer
Sound/Sounddesign Sergey Martynyuk
With Nihal Koldas, Begüm Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu, Alev Irmak
Wega-Filmproduktion, www.wega-film.at