HamptonsFilm presents NOW SHOWING Young Ahmed
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
(Belgium, 2019, 84 minutes)
The Dardenne Brothers won this year’s Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this brave new work, another intimate portrayal-in-furious-motion of a protagonist in crisis. The filmmakers’ radical empathy alights on a Muslim teenager (extraordinary first-time actor Idir Ben Addi) in a small Belgian town who has been radicalized by his Imam despite the desperate protestations of his single mother (Claire Bodson), and who winds up hatching a murderous plot targeting his beloved teacher (Myriem Akheddiou). Taking a serious view of a difficult issue—the effect of fanaticism on the body and soul—the Dardennes here remind viewers why they continue to be at the center of 21st-century cinema. –New York Film Festival
NOW SHOWING brings acclaimed first-run art house, independent, and world cinema films currently in theaters to the East End.