Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

Seven years in the past, on November 13, 2015, three Islamist terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosive belts stormed the Bataclan throughout a live performance by the US band Eagles of Loss of life Steel, taking the viewers hostage and killing 90 individuals.

About the identical time, 40 individuals have been murdered in assaults on bars, eating places and on the Stade de France nationwide stadium. The Paris assaults by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group struck France to the core, and the Bataclan has turn out to be its image.

Father and son slowly return to a semblance of a standard lifeImage: Komplizen Movie/Tobisfilm

On that evening of November 13, journalist Antoine Leiris misplaced his spouse Helene. The 2 have been younger dad and mom, their son Melvil simply 17 months outdated.

Whereas the world tried to search out a proof for the inconceivable horror of the assaults, Leiris posted an open letter on Fb. In transferring phrases, he addressed the attackers and denied them, “the useless souls,” his hatred — in addition to that of his son. The message went world wide.

Later, Leiris revealed a ebook about how he fought his approach again to life together with his son, titled “You Will Not Have My Hate.”

View from the surface

Now a movie primarily based on the ebook, directed by German filmmaker Kilian Riedhof, has been launched.

A relative really useful the ebook, Riedhof instructed DW. A father and husband himself, it moved him a lot that he ended up making a movie: “Imagining how this terrorist assault may have an effect on you — that is a nightmare that occurs to this household,” he says, including the ebook struck near residence immediately, and that he knew he needed to show it into a movie.

Riedhof met with Antoine Leiris in Paris. Considerations that Leiris may want a Parisian filmmaker have been dispelled instantly. “He thought it was good that we had a sure distance from the epicenter of the motion,” says Riedhof. “In spite of everything, it takes a specific amount of distance to grasp some issues.”

Kilian Riedhof on the premiere in Berlin in OctoberImage: Anita Bugge/Future Picture/IMAGO

So the filmmaker took on the position of supportive good friend, all of the whereas “very conscious of the duty.” The trauma remains to be very contemporary in Paris, he says, including that an unimaginable variety of individuals have tales about that evening.

Avoiding sensationalism

Accordingly, Riedhof took a cautious strategy to the movie.

Pierre Deladonchamps performs the position of Leiris; he resembles him and brings throughout the appeal and mind Leiris radiates regardless of his grief. Deladonchamps conveys with absolute credibility the shock and trauma, but in addition the therapeutic of a person who’s working his approach again into life with the assistance of his son.

Their condominium is their cocoon, their shelter, the place every part reminds them of Helene, but in addition offers them energy and which means to maintain going. The digicam is all the time very near Deladonchamps and Zoe Iorio, who performs the position of Melvil.

Entrance to the BataclanImage: Siegfried Modola/Getty Photographs

“It was essential to us that we inform the story gently and sensitively. It was much less about dramatizing and extra about listening and empathizing,” says Riedhof. The assaults, the assassins, the corpses should not proven in “You Will Not Have My Hate.”

The movie somewhat focuses on the impact such an act has on a household. “Having to take care of the sensation of hatred and despair and overcoming that… To make {that a} bodily expertise for the viewer was definitely a serious process,” the director says.

Retaking Paris nightlife

After the terrorist assault, the Bataclan corridor stayed closed for a few 12 months whereas it underwent a serious renovation. Then the individuals of Paris reclaimed the venue, defiantly stating “Je suis en terrace” (I am on the terrasse) as they returned to outside cafés and bars. They refused to be intimidated or have their way of life taken away.

On the reopening of the Bataclan, British musician Sting stated he needed to recollect the victims but in addition rejoice music and life.

Sturdy reminiscences, 7 years on

Just a few days earlier than the seventh anniversary of the assaults, on October 23, 2022, German people pop duo Milky Probability performed to an enthusiastic crowd on the Bataclan.

“By now we’re used to working right here, however it all the time does one thing to you. We all the time give it some thought,” Karim and Djerry, who work safety on the Bataclan, instructed German information company dpa earlier than the beginning of Milky Probability’s live performance.

Milky Probability on stage on the Bataclan in October 2022Image: Rachel Boßmeyer/dpa/image alliance

Taking part in on the Bataclan was a “balancing act,” Milky Probability’s Philipp Dausch says, including that maybe that was the problem. His band colleague Clemens Rehbein stated that “in any case, it is a very life-affirming response.”

“The truth that live shows at the moment are held right here once more and that the temper is so exuberant does not imply, or should not imply, that individuals overlook what as soon as occurred,” he says.

By his analysis for the movie, director Kilian Riedhof noticed that the evening of terror remains to be very a lot on individuals’s minds in Paris: “The wound can nonetheless be felt immediately, individuals have a really concrete connection to that evening,” he says. “However I feel Parisians in a short time started to counter it with life, to have exactly that beer on the terrasse, and to reply with tradition.”

The terrorists’ message was to cover: their intention was to instill worry. However “Parisians understood in a short time that that is precisely what you’ll be able to’t do. You’ll be able to’t let your self be pushed out of public locations. They opted to return to life, be with one another, defend tradition — theater, music, cinema — as a result of that is simply the proper response to hate.”


This text was initially written in German.

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