Thu, Feb 16
AU-DELA DE LA HAINE
On a September night in 2002, three skinheads roam through a park in Reims. They are after an Arab, but when they encounter a homosexual, they attack him instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu defends himself and calls his attackers cowards. Severely injured, he drowns in a nearby pond. His murderers are arrested quickly.
Meyrou did not want to make a documentary about homophobia, but a universal film about tolerance and intolerance. The result persists in memory. The people portrayed in the film speak with great dignity: François’ parents, his brothers and sisters, the family’s attorney.
Olivier Meyrou takes the time to speak with those taking part in the trial. (...) In the course of proceedings, the family changes. The grief is gradually replaced by a desire to understand the murderers, who come from socially and culturally underprivileged families and have been exploited by right-wing radical groups. The film accompanies the family’s efforts to forgive them.
Seldom has such a humanistic film been seen about such a complex theme: hatred and the need for justice and forgiveness.
(Vincent Josse, www.radiofrance.fr)
Screenings at the festival
Thu, Feb 16, 19:00 CineStar 8 (E)
Fri, Feb 17, 17:15 Arsenal 1 (E)
Sat, Feb 18, 19:00 Delphi Filmpalast (E)
Sun, Feb 19, 10:00 CinemaxX 3 (E)