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God On Trial 
(l-r) Stellan Skarsgard as Baumgarten, Rupert Graves as Mordechai

God On Trial: a new 90-minute drama for BBC Two

Francois Guetary plays Jacques

A university teacher, a physicist in Paris, Jacques worked at Gottingen with Werner Heisenberg, the celebrated German physicist and Nobel Laureate, on atoms, electrons and the Principle of Uncertainty.


He talks at great length about issues that at first seem irrelevant – about the galaxy and the universe. He explains that we cannot ask the world to be exact and that doubt, certainty and reason are the parents of toleration and forgiveness.


Francois describes Jacques as: "A passionate thinker. Despite a real knowledge of all religions, his thoughts are not bound by dogma, but freed by science.


"This does not make him soulless or lacking in spirituality but, rather, a rebel who has widened his spiritual horizons and who, thanks to the intensity of his emotions, reaches the souls of others condemned to death."


Francois was immediately drawn to the drama by "the quality of the script, the passion of Andy de Emmony, the director, and the promise of a technically challenging project.


"As for the character of Jacques, what drew me to him was the opportunity to ride a rollercoaster of emotions, juxtaposing his anger, his knowledge and his desperation."


He adds: "Jacques is still with me, and the experience of filming God On Trial will remain with me for a long time.


"I hope people will watch this film for the work of art it is, as well as for the remembrance associated with it: what we enacted on the set in Glasgow was a real life experience for millions of Jewish prisoners tortured and murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War; they must not be forgotten.


"Also, essentially, for the audaciousness of putting God on trial, for the torrent of ideas and emotions that it presents, and the fact that it is one of those rare films that should provoke plenty of questions after seeing it."




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