German director Kilian Riedhof’s play you won’t hate me Inspired by the experiences of French writer Antoine Leiris, whose wife was murdered bataclan Nightclub during the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, leaving her to raise her young son alone.
Leiris became a symbol of quiet defiance on the attackers’ faces after a Facebook post in which she expressed her determination to build a new life with her son based on happiness and love rather than hate.
The post went viral and Leiris found herself at the center of a local and international media storm.
Reidhoff and co-writers Mark Blobaum and Jan Braren adapted the film from Leerin’s autobiographical novel You Won’t Have My Hate, which depicted his emotional journey from the night of the attack; To find the courage to deal with your loss and then embrace a new life.
production is produced by lead Tony Erdman The organization Compliance Films with co-producers Haut et Court, Frakes Productions, NCR, Tobis, MMC Movies Köln, Erftal Film, RTBF, Proximus and Shelter Prod.
stranger by the lake Actor Pierre Deladonchamps plays Liris with the backing of Camellia Jordana as Liris’ wife, and child actress Zoe Iorio as son.
Haute et Court is set to be released in France in November as the seventh anniversary of the attacks in the country. Earlier, this photo makes its world premiere on August 12 at the Locarno Film Festival on its 8,000-capacity Piazza Grande.
Ridhoff spoke to Deadline about the film ahead of the premiere.
time limit: Nearly seven years after the attacks, the memories of 13 November 2015 remain raw in the national psyche of France. Would you French audiences be ready to see this film?
Killian Riedhoff: We knew very well about it, especially since we are a German crew telling a very French story. We were careful not to press the buttons too much. I heard a lot of stories from Parisians who had been to the Bataclan, or knew people who were in it. People are still very interested in what happened that night.
I was in Hamburg and watched it on TV all night, the same for us; It was a shock to see the city, which stood for independence most of all in Europe, attacked. It was important for me to capture this sense of horror, but not to show or recreate what happened. I wanted to give an inside look through this man and his son who were so badly affected by the attack.
time limit: Did you feel comfortable taking on this French story as a German director, and how did you get the authentically French feel of it?
wanted to: We worked with a French production company [Haut et Court] Which brought all his sensibility to the film. We had to do our research because things like breakfast habits, or how long you read bedtime stories, are also very different in France and Germany,
We shot most of the exteriors in Paris, and for the interiors, the apartments in Cologne. “It’s just like Paris. We don’t feel any difference”, our French actress told us. It was very important for us. We also did things like bringing the window frames from Paris to Cologne.
time limit: Has Antoine Leiris seen the movie?
wanted to: Yes, and to my great relief, he really liked it. He was very pleased with the casting. He felt that he was well represented by Pierre Deladonchamps. There is a certain similarity between them, in their essence, in the way they feel and behave.
For me, the biggest compliment was that he was overwhelmed by it, and loved it. He saw his life in this film. It was a big contribution to giving us the filming rights, especially to a German group. I think perhaps, it was important for him to give them to people who were a little farther from the epicenter of Paris.
time limit: Would have been very interested in those rights?
wanted to: There were production companies around the world interested in this story. We were so happy when we met him for the first time in Paris, at Complijn with producer Janine Jakowski, that he trusted us.
I have never met anyone who has gone through such a tragedy. It was the beginning of a very vulnerable and delicate process even during the shoot.
I trust my work as a director, but this was special; You feel insecure as you take on the insecurities of the city, family, and of course, Antoine’s situation. You feel this immediate insecurity in your own person and in your creative process, but you have to commit to it, otherwise, you’re just telling a story. This requires much more than just telling the story in a normal way, you have to hear what happened.
time limit: Is Antoine Leiris going to join the release campaign?
wanted to: When he gave us the filming rights, he told us, “Go for it. It’s your movie now”. We got some detailed information about his life, which was very helpful to us, but he was part of the process Didn’t want to be. I think he won’t be a part of the media campaign when the film comes out. And I fully respect that, because it’s his personal life, which he exposed.
I think he wants to avoid the impression that he is selling his life. His message that we cannot combat hate with hate is very important to him, and he does not want to harm it.
time limit: What does it mean to you to have the world premiere of this film on Locarno’s Piazza Grande?
wanted toIt’s a dream for me as a filmmaker, because I am very dedicated to the audience. The audience is really the most important thing. The world premiere will take place in front of 8,000 people. The heart and soul of films is the audience and the audience’s reaction. The film fits into Piazza Grande.
Terrorists push us away from the places where we chat and communicate in a free Western society. These places were evacuated after the attacks as people were afraid to meet on the streets. It is a great thing that this film will be shown in the square where people meet. Those people have only one answer, you can’t take us away from our places. we are back.