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Elle était la femme de Carlos
In the Dark Room
© Pandora Filmproduktion
  • Finlande, Israël, Italie, Roumanie, Allemagne | 2012 | 88 minutes
  • Un film de Nadav Schirman

Née en 1948 dans une famille de petits-bourgeois bavarois ultraconservateurs, Magdalena Kopp se destine à la photographie. Elle passe Berlin et Francfort, les hauts lieux de la contestation de l'époque, où elle devient membre des Cellules révolutionnaires. En 1975, à Londres, elle croise pour la première fois à Londres la route d'Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, alias Carlos, qui sera l'année suivante son instructeur dans un camp d'entraînement du FPLP (Front populaire de libération de la Palestine) au Yémen. Elle s'implique de plus en plus, voyage en fonction des opérations à mener.

Magdalena Kopp was married to the most wanted terrorist in the world: Carlos the Jackal. Moving from a small conservative Bavarian town to the revolutionary zeitgeist of 1960s Berlin, she was attracted to the radical leftist circles of Frankfurt. This is how she came in contact with the Venezuelan "professional revolutionary" Carlos, who was fast becoming the world's first celebrity terrorist. She trained with Palestinian freedom fighters and fought alongside their national heroes. She followed Carlos into dangerous international intrigues, in a world of nebulous secret services and shady governments, and gave birth to their daughter Rosa. By the time Magdalena realized that the political ideals were long gone, and only a hunger for power lurked behind their violent struggle, she was already too deeply involved. "In the Dark Room" paints the story of international terrorism on the canvas of this family drama. For some Carlos is a revolutionary, for others a murderer, but for Rosa he's a father - one she has not seen since she was five years old and only knows through the media. While Carlos stands trial in Paris, mother and daughter take a courageous and emotional journey beyond the shadows of his myth.