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Cinema is more powerful than fanaticism,

at the age of 13, the young Ahmed very fanatically. Why don't we know the reason for this?
Luc: , Clearly, we would have been able to show what the social and family backgrounds Ahmed in the hands of a fanatical Imam driven. But that's exactly what we wanted. The audience would have said: Aha, I understood. It is not that simple.
Jean-Pierre: We wanted to take the Religion seriously. And planned the Film originally with an older main character, also inspired by the attacks in Belgium and France. But since we are stuck at the Writing again and again insert. How does one get out again? Any hint in the direction of reconciliation, you could have us place it as a cheap or even cynical. And rightly so.
Jean-Pierre: So we came to this boy, Ahmed. In this age, it is still suggestible.

radicalized A 13-year-old and wants to murder his teacher: "Le jeune Ahmed". Video: YouTube/XenixFilm

Was it difficult to find a performer for such a radical role?
Luc: To our Casting call, we received 600 responses. Idir, who now plays the main role, came on the first day. He was still a child, and yet none more. Exactly what we needed.
Jean-Pierre: But of course we needed the consent of the parents. These read the script, and finally given your consent. The father asked the boy but, once again, the confirmation in front of our eyes, that he really wants to play. Idir said: "Yes, I want to do this, because Ahmed is also a villain." He has spoken like an experienced actor, feels attracted by the dark sides of the figure.

you Were not afraid to be misunderstood, because you criticize aspects of Islam?
Jean-Pierre: no, it is not our intention. We firmly believe that the cinema is stronger than any fanaticism. And Christianity has a long history of fanaticism.
Luc: For our first feature film, "La promesse", was concerned with the fate of African immigrants in Belgium, we were praised by the French right-wing radical Jean-Marie Le Pen. Said our movie should be show everywhere in Africa, as a deterrent for those who want to go to Europe. That was not what we had intended, nor what we are told. But you can prevent such reactions never.
Jean-Pierre: to Us, the young Ahmed in the heart. With 13, you will be attracted to the likes of idiots that we all know. Only the most idiots of love, musician, for example. But it can also be idiots of hatred. And we try to see if there's a way to get out.

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Created: 04.12.2019, 17:10 PM

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