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La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 14/11/2007

Fatih Akin prefers to film Turkey

As Fatih Akin's latest film 'Auf Der Anderen Seite' (On the Other Side) is being released on French and Belgian screens, the Turkish director born in Hamburg explains to Fernand Denis why Turkey is the focus of his films. "The more I film in Turkey, the more Turkish I feel. I think I try to better understand it each time. If you compare the German part of the film to the Turkish part, the latter is far more attractive, because there is more sunshine. In fact I know Germany very well. I grew up there, I live there. And, naturally, Germany cannot stimulate my curiosity as much as Turkey. My view of Germany is banal, while Turkey is an adventure. ...Two years ago I had an idea about Turkey's EU accession. To say yes or no is too simple. Making a film offers the means to reflect on the question, to form an opinion and adopt a position."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 27/06/2007

The shock of civilisations according to Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi's comic book series 'Persepolis', which recounts a tumultuous Iranian childhood, has been adapted into a film to be released in French theatres June 27th. In an interview conducted by Denis Fernand, Satrapi refutes the shock of civilizations theory. "The real division in the world is not between Orient and Occident, between North and South, but between the idiots and the non-idiots, between democratic and non-democratic societies. For me, a democratic society is one where men and women are equal. In Iran, a woman is worth half that of a man. ... In the long term, things are going to change. Others think that it is better to bring democracy by bombing people and installing Coke machines. We must stop believing in this mythic Western civilisation. You are civilised because you're not hungry. Close the stores and cut the electricity in Paris, and civilisation won't last very long."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 23/05/2007

'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' triggers emotion in Cannes

Fernand Denis, special correspondent for Cannes, has been bowled over by 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' by Julian Schnabel. The film is based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a journalist paralysed by a vascular accident who used his left eyelid to communicate and dictate. "Julian Schnabel portrays the author and his work, paradoxically effacing the extraordinary dimension, without sensationalising the exploit, without glorifying the author's strength of character. It is something else that interests him. What is a human ? This immobile man with only his left eye still able to move. Is this still a man or, as some consider, a vegetable ? ... A man is a point of view. Schnabel shows the point of view of man in a diving bell, trapped in solitude, engaged in a sincere dialogue with himself."

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