“They say that this story really happened. I don’t know whether there were two boys or three. I don’t know if they were brothers. I don’t know whether they were fleeing for the first time or had tried before. I don’t know what happened to them along the way. All I know is that they wanted to change something about their lives. I know that there are good people and bad people everywhere, and that coincidence often has a key impact on our lives.
I know that many of us hope that somewhere out there is a place that is different, better, and more beautiful. Wherever that might be … What really captivated me about the story of the little fugitives was their extraordinary willingness to break out of their lack of life, their lack of existence … Where did these young, homeless, ragged and hungry boys get such determination? How much courage and strength did it cost them? Aren’t they the great little heroes of the wicked times we live in?
I learned about this whole story by accident, from an acquaintance, after returning from holiday. I sit here in an airy room, typing on my keyboard, creating a story about these boys – a story that moves me. But would I be capable of doing something for them if I met them on the street – right here, today, right in front of me? I’m scared. I’m scared that I wouldn’t. I want to make this film for everyone who is like me. So they can stop being scared.”