Ms. Harfouch, “Dying” shows a family that, in the face of the approaching death of their parents, discovers something terrible about themselves: that there is emotional coldness and a total lack of relationship between the father, mother and the two adult children. Is this the saddest film you’ve ever made? I don’t think it’s that sad. A film has to touch people, especially when it’s about existential issues. But there was also laughter at the premiere at the Berlinale.

Laugh? With this film? Yes, it was a kind of recognizing laugh, a recognition laugh. I felt like people were able to connect with the film, recognizing something they know about themselves. That’s liberating.

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