Director Kilian Riedhof talks Bataclan drama You Will Not Have My Hate – Deadline
German director Kilian Riedhof’s drama You Will Not Have My Hate is impressed by the experiences of French author Antoine Leiris, whose spouse was killed within the Bataclan nightclub throughout the November 13, 2015 Paris terror assaults, leaving him to boost their younger son alone.
Leiris turned an emblem of quiet defiance within the face of the attackers following a Fb put up, during which he expressed his dedication to construct a brand new life together with his son based mostly on happiness and love, slightly than hatred.
The put up went viral and Leiris discovered himself on the coronary heart of an area and worldwide media storm.
Reidhof and co-writers Marc Blöbaum and Jan Braren tailored the movie from Leirin’s autobiographical novel ‘You Will Not Have My Hate’ charting his emotional journey from the evening of the assault; to struggling together with his loss after which discovering the braveness to embark on a brand new life.
The manufacturing is lead produced by Toni Erdmann outfit Komplizen Movies, with co-producers Haut et Courtroom, Frakas Productions, NCR, Tobis, MMC Films Köln, Erfttal Movie, RTBF, Proximus and Shelter Prod.
Stranger By The Lake actor Pierre Deladonchamps performs Leiris with help from Camélia Jordana as Leiris’s spouse, and baby actress Zoé Iorio because the son.
Haut et Courtroom is because of be launched in France in November because the nation marks the seventh anniversary of the assaults. Earlier than that, the image makes its world premiere on the Locarno Movie Pageant on August 12 on its 8,000-capacity Piazza Grande.
Riedhof talked to Deadline concerning the movie forward of the premiere.
DEADLINE: Practically seven years on from the assaults, the reminiscences of November 13 2015 stay uncooked in France’s nationwide psyche. Do you French spectators will probably be prepared to look at this movie?
KILIAN RIEDHOF: We have been fairly conscious of this, particularly as we’re a German crew telling a really French story. We have been cautious to not push the buttons an excessive amount of. I heard loads of tales from folks in Paris, who have been presupposed to go to the Bataclan, or knew individuals who have been in it. Individuals are nonetheless very all for what occurred that evening.
I used to be in Hamburg and watched all of it evening lengthy on TV, it was the identical for us; it was a shock to see town that stands essentially the most for liberty in all of Europe attacked. It was vital for me to seize this sense of horror however to not present or reconstruct what occurred. I needed to present an inside view by means of this man and his son who have been hit so laborious by the assault.
DEADLINE: Did you’re feeling comfy as a German director taking up this very French story, and the way did you obtain its authentically French really feel?
RIEDHOF: We labored with a French manufacturing firm [Haut et Court] which introduced all its sensitivity to the movie. We needed to do our analysis as a result of even issues like breakfast habits, or how lengthy you learn bedtime tales, are very completely different in France and Germany.
We shot a lot of the exteriors in Paris, and for the interiors, constructed the house in Cologne. Our French actress advised us, “It’s similar to in Paris. We don’t really feel any distinction”. This was essential for us. We even did issues like bringing the window frames from Paris to Cologne.
DEADLINE: Has Antoine Leiris seen the movie?
RIEDHOF: Sure, and to my large reduction, he preferred it very a lot. He was very proud of the casting. He felt he was nicely represented by Pierre Deladonchamps. There’s a sure resemblance between the 2 of them, of their essence, in the best way they really feel and behave.
For me, it was the largest praise that he was overwhelmed by it, and preferred it very a lot. He noticed his life on this movie. It was a giant contribution to present us the filming rights, particularly to a German group. I believe possibly, it was vital for him to present them to individuals who have been a bit faraway from the epicentre of Paris.
DEADLINE: There should have been loads of curiosity in these rights?
RIEDHOF: There have been manufacturing corporations from all around the world on this story. We have been very completely happy once we met him for the primary time in Paris, with producer Janine Jackowski at Komplizen, that he trusted us.
I’d by no means had a gathering like that with an individual who had lived by means of such a tragedy. It was the start of a really weak and fragile course of, even throughout the taking pictures.
I’ve confidence in my work as a director, however this was particular; you’re feeling insecure since you take over the insecurities of the state of affairs, of town, the household and naturally Antoine. You are feeling this instantaneous insecurity in your individual particular person and in your individual inventive course of however you must decide to that, in any other case, you’re simply telling a narrative. This wants extra than simply storytelling in a standard means, you must hearken to what occurred.
DEADLINE: Is Antoine Leiris going to be concerned within the launch marketing campaign?
RIEDHOF: When he gave us the filming rights, he advised us, “Go for it. It’s now your movie”. We acquired some detailed details about his life, which was very useful for us, however he didn’t need to be a part of the method. I believe when the movie comes out, he received’t be a part of the media marketing campaign. And I completely respect this, since that is his non-public life, which he uncovered.
I believe he needs to keep away from the impression that he’s promoting his life. His message that we are able to’t counter hate with hate is essential to him, and he doesn’t need to hurt it.
DEADLINE: What does it imply to you to world premiere this movie on Locarno’s Piazza Grande?
RIEDHOF: For me as a filmmaker, it’s a dream, as a result of I’m very devoted to the viewers. The viewers is admittedly an important factor. The world premiere will probably be in entrance of 8,000 folks. The center and soul of flicks is the viewers and the response of the viewers. The movie matches the Piazza Grande.
Terrorists push us away from the locations the place we chat and talk in a free Western society. After the assaults, these locations have been emptied as a result of folks have been frightened to satisfy on the streets. It’s nice that this movie will present in a sq. the place folks meet. That’s one reply to these folks, you’ll be able to’t push us away from our locations. We’re again.