Two Oscar winners in Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and an Oscar-nominated role from Max Von Sydow have all helped bring Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to the screen, despite fears that Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about redemption after 9/11 would prove unfilmable.
It's the story of a young boy's journey from grief for the events of September 11, to revelation at the doors of other people's lives and stories in this big-budget adaptation.
In our exclusive clip above, director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader, Billy Elliot) how his own memories of 9/11 informed his work on this deceptively simply tale, which has been nominated for Best Film at the Oscars in 10 days' time.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is in UK cinemas this Friday. Here's the blurb:
Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey - an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.