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Interview: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed – The Gravedigger’s Wife

Interview: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed – The Gravedigger’s Wife

Making a moral complicated medley on death being at someone’s doorstep…and footsteps, with his feature debut film, Somalia-born, Finnish filmmaker Khadar Ayderus Ahmed proposes a portrait of love being confronted by indignation and injustice while constructing a text that side-steps empathy for what turns out to be a more accurate denouement. A project that was workshopped at the 2015 edition of La Résidence of the Festival de Cannes, Ahmed brings his already down and out but not entirely hopeless Yusuf (instantly likeable Omar Abdi) to the breaking point. It’ll take more than a shovel to get out of this crater-sized dilemma.

Selected for the competition section in the Critics’ Week in Cannes (was also selected as Somalia’s Oscar hopeful), The Gravedigger’s Wife arrives at TIFF for a prestige international premiere and where I got a chance to sit down with the filmmaker to discuss the character’s DNA, working with his lead actor and the overall evolution of the project.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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