Dardenne Brothers’ Cannes Winner ‘Young Ahmed’ Nabbed for U.S. by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)

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Dardenne Brothers’ Cannes Winner ‘Young Ahmed’ Nabbed for U.S. by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)
Young Ahmed,” which won the best director prize at Cannes for Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, has been acquired for the U.S. by Kino Lorber. The film will have its North American premiere at Colcoa and will go on to play at New York Film Festival.

Set in a small town, “Young Ahmed” follows a Belgian Muslim teenager named Ahmed (played by newcomer Idir Ben Addi) who lives with his secular single mother and siblings, and falls under the influence of a magnetic extremist imam. Ahmed is radicalized and becomes fixated on killing his female teacher in the name of his religious convictions.

“We are proud to present to U.S. audiences the latest masterwork from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne,” said Kino Lorber senior vice president Wendy Lidell, who negotiated the deal with Eva Diederix, head of international sales of Wild Bunch and CAA Media Finance. “Like all their great films,
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