31st World Film Festival Montreal

23.08.2007 to 03.09.2007


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Using religious imagery of the Passion of Christ, Ben X represents the possibility of a different response to violence. Afflicted more by others’ bullying and misunderstanding than by his autism, the main character responds to this violence with creative intelligence and effective use of media. The film’s stylistic innovation presents different versions of Ben’s reality in a way that thwarts spectators’ expectations and that implicates the viewer within habitual social responses to violence.


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Heike Kühn, meber of the Ecumenical Jury at the World Film Festival Montreal 2007, reports about the event.