FRANCE, Belgium | 80 minutes | 2018

Ahmed is 13 years old, a Belgian. When he is radicalized by the neighbourhood imam, the boy promises to assassinate his teacher, an impure woman who has relations with a Jew. Despite the hot and thorny subject matter, the Dardenne brothers were not about to slip into moralizing. Following their protagonist with an intimate, nervous camera, the Belgian filmmakers revisit their signature cinematic style. An intimate, humanist story in which Idir Ben Addi stands out: the young non-professional actor fascinates and impresses with his cruelly melancholy face and quiet determination.

The film will be presented in its original French version with English subtitles.

"The Dardennes have constantly won our hearts for those misunderstood or marginalised by mainstream society. There is an urgency to The Young Ahmed, not only in the personality of the character but in the way events quickly escalate." Screendaily

Best Director Award - Cannes Film Festival


Tuesday October 15, 2019

Program #146 B
Cinéma Impérial

Friday October 18, 2019

Program #210
Cinéma du Musée

Luc Dardenne

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Producer Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
  • Cast Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou

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