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Kilian Riedhof Dives into the Underworld of Grief With ‘You Will Not Have My Hate’

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Leo Barraclough International Features EditorIn Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera “Orpheus and Eurydice,” Orpheus must travel to the underworld to reunite with his dead wife, Eurydice.

To do so, he must placate the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance, and hold onto his love for his wife.German director Kilian Riedhof had the opera in mind when adapting Antoine Leiris’ autobiographical book “You Will Not Have My Hate.” The film world premieres on Aug.

12 in Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival.The book is based on Leiris’ experiences following the murder by Islamic State jihadists of his wife, Hélène Muyal-Leiris, on Nov.

13, 2015, at the Bataclan night-club — one of 130 people killed that evening in a string of terrorist attacks across Paris. The film begins on that fateful day with Hélène preparing food for their toddler, Melvil, and the couple discussing a holiday in Corsica that they had to abandon so Hélène could pick up some freelance work.

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