Ladj Ly, rabies in the air

Ladj Ly would like to invite Macron to see Les Miserables (read Thursday's release). His film, screened in Cannes on Wednesday, seizes a violent clash between the youth and the BAC in the heart of Montfermeil (Seine-Saint-Denis) following a burr. This is one of the surprise guests of the competition that draws the curiosity about its author, yet behind the camera since the age of 16, when he founds the associative collective Kourtrajmé with Kim Chapiron, Toumani Sangaré and Romain Gavras.

"My film is a cry of alarm that I address to politicians. Be careful, it will explode! " warns Ladj Ly, in a pretty gray suit, on the beach of Hotel Majestic. A tall, handsome 39-year-old, very classy with his white sneakers, he prefers to be interviewed in the sun and gets carried away, heated by the rays: "I understand yellow vests. We in Montfermeil have been wearing yellow vests for twenty years. Today we discover the violence of the police, but we have been subjected to it for twenty years. " He mimics defender-launcher impacts.

"If you really want to make the revolution, it's every day that you have to demonstrate, not just on Saturdays. We must block the economy if we want it to move. Unfortunately, we must be violent to hear us. In 2005, we had to burn cars … " Ladj Ly did not go to protest on the Champs-Elysees and advised his family to do so, for fear of being targeted, but he supports the movement because, basically, "It's the same fight." The young Buzz in wretched, who watches the neighborhood with a drone, is played by his own son. "It's the eye of the neighborhood." An evocation of him teenager.

Ladj Ly and his family are the first Malians to settle in Les Bosquets, in Montfermeil, in 1980. There is a happy childhood, with a scavenger father for the mayor of Paris. Ladj begins with cop watch with his camera and can boast of having filmed a real burr that will suspend police officers – the story will inspire his film. "As soon as I took out my camera, the cops were shouting in the distance" Y a Ladj! " and everyone calmed down. I was the pet peeve of the police. " Today, surveillance cameras have been installed. Montfermeil is much more peaceful. He still lives there. "Clichy-Montfermeil, this is my film studio." The man has plenty of hidden talents that he does not like talking about. Malian "of heart", he started a business in Bamako, founded a film school in his city and is creating a restaurant with chef Jean Imbert and Mouloud Achour. The latter, as well as his friends Chapiron, Gavras or JR came to Cannes to support him. He will soon be making a biopic of"A real politician who fought for the people of the city," Claude Dilain, former mayor of Clichy-sous-Bois, died in 2015.

Clementine Mercier Photo Cyril Zannettacci

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