"Extremely Loud" director wants more 9/11 films

Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:08pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - Stephen Daldry, whose "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" retells the deadly events of Sept 11, 2001 through the eyes of a New York boy, believes there should be more films about the attacks and their consequences.

His movie, which was released in U.S. theatres in December, has divided critics and public opinion, and Daldry, who was presenting the picture at the Berlin film festival on Friday, conceded that some people believed it came out too soon.

The Briton said he approached "Extremely Loud" "with the honest awareness that some people would still find it was too soon, too much or too little, but in the end you have to trust your own instincts about what you think is appropriate."

The film stars Tom Hanks as a father killed in New York's World Trade Center on 9/11, Sandra Bullock as his widow, newcomer Thomas Horn as his son and Max von Sydow as a mysterious old man who becomes close to the traumatized boy.

The movie features reconstructions of people falling from the towers and the final phone messages left by the father who was trapped inside the buildings after the planes struck.

Based on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel of the same name, "Extremely Loud" is not the first feature film based on the 9/11 attacks.

But by focusing on the grief of a single American family, and in particular on the impact the attack had on a young and troubled boy, it has been seen by some as controversial.

Daldry said he consulted with families who lost relatives in the attacks and taken their comments to heart and mind.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Thomas Horn and director Stephen Daldry (L) attend a news conference to promote the movie 'Extremely Loud And Incredibily Close' at the 62nd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen</p>