DIRECTOR DALDRY: WHY NO OTHER 9/11 MOVIES?
None of the critics who greeted Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close with angry comments about how it assertedly exploits the 9/11 tragedy to jerk tears from the audience were among those putting questions to Daldry at a news conference at the Berlin Film Festival, where the movie is being screened in competition today (Friday). But Daldry seemed to reply indirectly to them after a journalist from Ukraine observed that no one has made a film about the terrible losses suffered by the Iraqis as a result of America’s reaction to the 9/11 attacks. “It sort of amazes me, really, that there haven’t been more films made about 9/11,” Daldry replied. “Do I think that films should be made about what happened in Iraq, what happened in Afghanistan? Yes” Moreover, he indicated, America seems to want to put the event out of its mind. “I think it’s important that 9/11 should be taught in schools,” he maintained. “It’s not taught in the United States. Schoolchildren are not taught that it happened, why it happened, or the consequences of what happened.” Thomas Horn, the 13-year-old actor who co-stars in the movie, chimed in that he, too believes that more stories about 9/11 should be told in film. He indicated that he was three years old, probably “playing on the floor,” when the tragedy took place, and only fully learned about what happened while making the movie.