L’Humour à mort
by Kelvin Smith
L’Humour à mort (Je suis Charlie), a new film by Daniel and Emmanuel Leconte is showing in Toronto and getting written about in the press. The coverage is measured and restrained. The information sheet released for the Toronto International Film Festival contains an interview with the directors in which Emmanuel Leconte recognises that freedom of expression means very different things in different countries.
What are you hopes for the film being internationally shown at the Toronto Film Festival?
EL : Terrorists tried to exterminate the newsroom of a weekly newspaper. This horrible act constitutes a new level of modern terrorism and has affected the entire world. That said, it is important that we speak with our sensitivity on the international level to evoke our French specificity: a newspaper as free and as irreverent as Charlie Hebdo could not, unfortunately, exist in many countries in the world.