jeune Ahmed

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Le jeune Ahmed

Young Ahmed

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
B/F, 2019
Features, 84min, OmeU

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Le jeune Ahmed

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
B/F, 2019
Features, 84min, OmeU

Mon
28
Oct
23:00
Gartenbaukino
Tue
29
Oct
18:00
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Idir Ben Addi
Ahmed
Olivier Bonnaud
Educator
Myriem Akheddiou
Inès
Victoria Bluck
Louise
Claire Bodson
Mother
Othmane Moumen
Imam Youssouf
Screenplay: 
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Sound: 
Jean-Pierre Duret
Julien Sicart
Thomas Gauder
Camera: 
Benoît Dervaux
Editor: 
Marie-Hélène Dozo

Production: 
Les Films du Fleuve
Archipel 35
France 2 Cinema
Proximus
RTBF
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

The Dardenne brothers have chosen the darkest option offered by the legacy of Robert Bresson’s severe storytelling style: instead of compelling us to gaze upon and understand someone who’s depressed, or trying to escape some psychological/physical prison, these post-Bressonian anti-heroes are silently bent on a plan of revenge, retribution or self-improvement at all costs. They lack a moral perspective, a sense of any reality outside their own immediate actions. Such is the case with prepubescent Ahmed. When the film begins, he has already been turned toward a radical path of Islamic fundamentalism by an imam, shunning the “impurity” of women and other temptations of a secular world. He meticulously plans to murder his female teacher, Inès – and suffers as a result. What can possibly break Ahmed’s tunnel vision, and connect him empathetically to the bodies and minds of others around him? Using their signature means – a handheld, ever-mobile camera, simple lighting, no music score, naturalistic acting – the Dardennes once more plunge us into a disquieting personal obsession that resonates with our crisis-ridden world, guiding us along a hard path to a moment of possible redemption. (Adrian Martin)

In the presence of Luc Dardenne.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne: FALSCH (1987), JE PENSE À VOUS (1992), LA PROMESSE (1996), ROSETTA (1999), LE FILS (2002), L’ENFANT (2005), LE SILENCE DE LORNA (2008), LE GAMIN AU VÉLO (2011), DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (2014), LA FILLE INCONNUE (2016)