A Mighty Heart (film)
A Mighty Heart is a 2007 drama film directed by Michael Winterbottom. A Mighty Heart was met with positive reviews from viewers alike; the film was screened out of competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, before being released in North America on June 22, 2007. A Mighty Heart is a detailed account of the search for kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi by supporters of Omar Sheikh, who claimed responsibility for kidnapping and beheading Pearl in 2002; the movie covers efforts by Pakistan's Security Forces, Department of Justice and the U. S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service to track the kidnappers and bring them to justice. Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl Will Patton as Randall Bennett, Special Agent U. S. Diplomatic Security Service Alyy Khan as Sheikh Omar/Bashir Archie Panjabi as Asra Nomani Irrfan Khan as Zeeshan Kazmi, Karachi Police Chief Adnan Siddiqui as Dost Aliani William Hoyland as John Bauman, U.
S. Consul-General Denis O'Hare as John Bussey Wall Street Journal Foreign Editor Bilal Saeed as Moinuddin Haider, Interior Minister of Pakistan Shah Murad Aliani as Amjad Farooqi Ahmed A. Jamal as Khalid Khawaja, Pakistani Air Force member of ISI Daud Khan as Masud the Fixer, founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed and mentor to Sheikh Omar Ikram Bhatti as Sheikh Gilani, Cleric & founder of Jamaat ul-Fuqra Jeffry Kaplow as Judea Pearl Perrine Moran as Ruth Pearl Azfar Ali as Azfar Imran Hasnee as Journalist Jillian Armenante as Maureen Platt Zachary Coffin as Matt MacDowell Demetri Goritsas as John Skelton Pervez Musharraf as himself President of Pakistan archival footage Colin Powell as himself United States Secretary of State archival footage Sajid Hasan as Zubair Mikail Lotia as Hasan Gary Wilmes as Steve LeVine, Wall Street Journal Central Asia Correspondent Sean Chapman as US Journalist A Mighty Heart was filmed in France and India, during the summer and fall of 2006. Fearing for the safety of the film crew, the Karachi scenes were shot in India.
However, some of the shots were made at actual locations in Karachi. A Mighty Heart performed poorly at the box office, only earning a total revenue of $18 million compared to its production budget of $16 million; the film opened June 22, 2007 in the United States and Canada and grossed $3.9 million in 1,355 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #10 at the box office. It went on to gross $18,727,125 worldwide; as of December 16, 2007, the film has grossed an additional $5.4 million in DVD/VHS sales and rentals in the United States. The film received positive reviews from critics; the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 79% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 192 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 74 based on 38 reviews. Jolie's performance was touted by top critics as her finest artistic achievement to date. Both she and the film received a positive review from Roger Ebert; the film was described by Newsweek as "a movie without melodrama or movie-star lighting…allowing Jolie to deliver the most delicate and human-scale performance of her career."
Other favorable reviewers included Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Justin Chang of Variety and Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter. Marc Mohan of The Oregonian named it the 10th best film of 2007. However, Andrew O'Hehir, film critic for Salon.com, while finding Jolie's performance "restrained and dignified", dismissed the film itself, writing, "it feels like an extra-long episode of 24 with a bad conscience and a bad ending." Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum felt that Jolie's celebrity was a problem, commenting that "Despite the best of intentions, an actress who makes her own headlines gets in the way of the big picture." Asra Nomani—a colleague of Daniel Pearl who had agreed to participate in the film—stated that the film failed to portray Pearl as a journalist, doing his job, in favor of creating a dramatic arc of "ordinary heroes". She believes. Describing her own response to the film, Nomani said, "For me, watching the movie was like having people enter my home, rearrange the furniture and reprogram my memory."The announcement of the casting of Angelina Jolie in the role of Mariane Pearl drew criticism within the African-American community.
Orville Lloyd Douglas, a pop critic, has criticized the casting because, he said, "Jolie is white" and Mariane Pearl is "mixed race". In fact, Pearl is the multiracial daughter of an Afro-Chinese-Cuban mother and a Dutch Jewish father. Pearl chose Jolie to play the lead in A Mighty Heart. In response to casting complaints, Pearl said "I have heard some criticism about her casting, but it is not about the color of your skin, it is about. I asked her to play the role—even though she is way more beautiful than I am—because I felt a real kinship to her, she put her whole heart into it, I think she understood why we should do this movie. We had something to say that we knew we should say together." On November 27, 2007, the film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Picture of the Year. Jolie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award for best actress, she received an Outstanding Performance of the Year Award for her performance from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, "We are honored to celebrate Ms. Jolie in what is arguably one of the most extraordinary female roles of the year". Whitewashing in film Official website A Mighty Heart on IMDb A Mighty Hea
S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine is a 2003 documentary film directed by Rithy Panh. Rithy, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, brought together two former prisoners of the regime with their former captors at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former Security Prison 21 under the Khmer Rouge. Vann Nath and Chum Mey, two survivors of the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Sleng Prison, are reunited and revisit the former prison, now a museum in Phnom Penh, they meet their former captors – guards, interrogators, a doctor and a photographer – many of whom were teenagers during the Khmer Rouge era from 1975 to 1979. Their appearances are in stark contrast to the two former prisoners. Vann Nath, made to paint portraits of prisoners, has a full head of white hair; the guards and interrogators give a tour of the museum, re-enacting their treatment of the prisoners and daily regimens. They look including photographs, to refresh their memories. At one point, Vann Nath directly confronts his former captors about their actions, but they counter that they themselves were victims, being little more than children at the time, hold themselves blameless.
Khieu'Poev' Ches Yeay Cheu Nhiem Ein Houy Him Ta Him Nhieb Ho Prakk Kahn Peng Kry Som Meth Chum Mey Vann Nath Top Pheap Tcheam Seur Mak Thim Sours Thi S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prix François Chalais. It was screened at several other film festivals, including the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival, it won for best documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, the European Film Awards and the Valladolid International Film Festival. In Cambodia, the film was a catalyst for confession about the Cambodian Civil War. Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan saw the film and was moved to admit the existence of the prison after years of publicly denying it. S-21, la machine de mort Khmère rouge on IMDb S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine at AllMovie S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine at Rotten Tomatoes
The Other (1999 film)
The Other is a 1999 French-Egyptian drama film directed by Youssef Chahine. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Lebanese soprano Majida El Roumi sang "Adam W Hanan", an Egyptian song included in the film. Love sparks when Adam, back visiting Cairo from University of California, Los Angeles, meets Haname, native journalist from a smaller town of Egypt in seek of a juicy story to expose the gritty truth about corruption running rampant in the country. A sappy romance between the two youth ensues, the two get married in the breathtaking deserts of Egypt. Adam's mother, Margaret much Americanized and obsessed with Western culture, expresses much displeasure with her son's rash decision to marry a girl such as Haname, when it would be better to marry a wealthy Western woman, believing "money is the only thing that binds." Out of an unhealthy attachment with her son, she stalks information on Haname based on what he told her, finds that her son's newlywed is related to a terrorist in another conflict-ridden part of the Middle East.
Hoping to get Adam to divorce Haname, she tells him about her findings but it backfires, costing her his trust. Still and Adam come to butt heads when he finds out Haname has been trying to find dirt on the corrupted, wealthy Americans that his father has been in connection with in Cairo, demands that she stop what she's doing, she remains firm in continuing her work, threatening their marriage to fall apart. The two make up, Adam goes with Haname to investigate what is happening with her exiled brother; the two get caught up in a terrorist shoot out, die violently hand in hand. Nabila Ebeid as Margaret Mahmoud Hemida as Khalil Hanan Tork as Hanane Hani Salama as Adam Lebleba as Baheyya Hassan Abdel Hamid as Dr. Maher Ezzat Abou Aouf as Dr. Essam Ahmed Fouad Selim as Ahmed Amr Saad as Omar Ahmed Wafik as Fathallab Edward Said as Himself Hamdeen Sabahi as Chief editor Tamer Samir as Morcy The Other on IMDb
Days of Glory (2006 film)
Days of Glory is a 2006 French film directed by Rachid Bouchareb. The cast includes Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Mélanie Laurent and Bernard Blancan; the film deals with the contribution of North African soldiers to the Free French Forces during the Second World War and, with the discrimination against them. The film's release contributed to a partial recognition of the pension rights of soldiers from former French possessions by the French government. Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila and Bernard Blancan won the Prix d'interprétation masculine at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival; the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In French North Africa in 1943 large numbers of men from France's overseas possessions have been recruited into the French First Army of the Free French Forces to fight alongside the other Allies against Nazi Germany and liberate France from occupation; the army consists of two main elements: pieds-noirs, people of European descent, indigènes, those of African descent.
The "indigènes" in turn consist of three main groups: Algerians and troops from Sub-Sahara Africa. Saïd, an impoverished goat herder, joins the 7th RTA. With him are other Algerians including Messaoud, who wants to marry and settle in France, the literate Corporal Abdelkader, who seeks equality with settlers for the indigenous people of his country. There are two Moroccan brothers Yassir and Larbi, Yassir's aim being booty so that Larbi can afford to marry. Soon the men, dressed in lend-lease American uniforms meet Sergeant Martinez, a battle-hardened pied-noir, who trains them before leading them on their first engagement against the Germans in Italy, their mission is to capture a heavily-defended mountain, but it soon becomes clear that their white commanding officer is using them as cannon fodder to identify artillery targets. The colonial troops succeed, at the cost of high casualties; when asked by a French war correspondent about his thoughts on the losses, the white colonel replies, "today was a great victory for the Free French Forces".
The troops of the 7th RTA next embark for Operation Dragoon. While aboard ship, a white cook refuses to give tomatoes to black soldiers. Abdelkader calls for equality, but mutiny is averted when Martinez and the company captain promise that everyone will be treated the same. On arrival at Marseille, the colonial troops are greeted as heroes. Messaoud meets and courts Irène, a French woman, promising when the regiment leaves that he will write and one day return, she says she'll wait for him and they will marry. However, due to censorship of soldiers' mail, Irène never learns Messaoud's fate. Saïd becomes Martinez's orderly, for which the other soldiers imply he's gay, he snaps and holds a knife to Messaoud's throat. Abdelkader calms the situation, but Saïd makes it clear that in this segregated world the French authorities will not give their colonial soldiers anything. Having seen among Martinez's possessions a family photograph, while drinking with the sergeant Saïd mentions that the two of them are similar in both having an Arab mother.
The NCO threatens to kill him if he reveals this secret. The colonial troops discover that, while they are not granted leave, white members of the Free French Forces are allowed trips home; the men are told they will be going home, but it's a ruse. Bored and disillusioned, most hold a meeting outside decrying the injustice. Martinez challenges the group, led by Abdelkader, a fight starts. Early next morning, French military police bring Messaoud to a temporary stockade where Abdelkader is being held. Messaoud says he was arrested for trying to go back to find Irène. Abdelkader is brought before the white colonel who tells him that he needs him to go on a special mission: to take ammunition to American troops fighting in the Lorraine Campaign and be the first French troops to liberate Alsace; the white officer promises that Abdelkader and the other colonial soldiers will get the rewards and recognition that success in this operation will bring. The white company captain tells the corporal that the colonel will keep his word.
Most of the men are killed by a booby trap, including Yassir's brother, as they cross the German lines, Martinez is injured. The survivors want to go back, but Abdelkader rallies them to push on; the corporal, Saïd, Messaoud and the wounded Martinez reach an Alsatian village. Over the next few days the soldiers ingratiate themselves into the area and Saïd befriends a milkmaid. A battle begins when a unit of Germans arrives, everyone except Abdelkader is killed. Messaoud is badly hurt by a Panzerschreck rocket and shot by a German rifleman. Saïd attempts to evacuate Martinez, but they are both shot by the Panzerschreck, killing Saïd and further wounding Martinez, finished off. Abdelkader and Yassir attempt to flee. However, just as the corporal is cornered, more colonial troops arrive and drive the Germans out of the village; as columns of Free French forces begin to move through the area, Abdelkader sees the colonel passing in his jeep, but the white commanding officer ignores him and he is pulled away by a staff officer who asks him where his unit is.
When Abdelkader says they are all dead, he is assigned to another white NCO. As he walks out of the village, he passes a film cameraman filming only white troops sta
Marooned in Iraq
Marooned in Iraq is a 2002 Iranian film directed by Bahman Ghobadi and produced in Iran. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Mirza, a famous Kurdish musician, hears that Hanareh, is in trouble. Accompanied by his two sons, he embarks on an adventurous journey across the Iran-Iraq border to find her. Shahab Ebrahimi - Mirza Faegh Mohamadi - Barat Allah-Morad Rashtian - Audeh Rojan Hosseini - Rojan Saeed Mohammadi - The Teacher Iran Ghobadi - Hanareh Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival, 2002. François Chalais Award, Cannes Film Festival, 2002 International Jury Award, São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2002. Aurora and Don Quixote Awards, Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway, 2003. Kurdish Cinema Marooned in Official website. Marooned in Iraq on IMDb
71st Academy Awards
The 71st Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best of 1998 in film and took place on March 21, 1999, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 24 categories; the ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actress Whoopi Goldberg hosted the show for the third time, she first hosted the 66th ceremony held in 1994 and had last hosted the 68th ceremony in 1996. Nearly a month earlier in a ceremony held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 27, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Anne Heche. Shakespeare in Love won seven awards including Best Picture. Other winners included Saving Private Ryan with five awards, Life Is Beautiful with three, Affliction, Election Night, Elizabeth and Monsters, The Last Days, The Personals, The Prince of Egypt and What Dreams May Come with one.
The telecast garnered nearly 46 million viewers in the United States. The nominees for the 71st Academy Awards were announced on February 9, 1999, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, the actor Kevin Spacey. Shakespeare in Love earned the most nominations with thirteen; the winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 21, 1999. Life Is Beautiful was the second film nominated for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film in the same year. Moreover, its seven nominations were the most for a foreign language film, to date. Best Actor winner Roberto Benigni was the second person to direct himself to an acting Oscar win. Laurence Olivier first achieved this feat for his performance in 1948's Hamlet, he became the fourth individual to earn acting, screenwriting nominations for the same film. In addition, Benigni was the third performer to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking role. By virtue of their nominations for portraying Queen Elizabeth I of England, Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett and Best Supporting Actress winner Judi Dench became the first pair of actresses to earn acting nominations in the same year for portraying the same character in different films.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, indicated with a double dagger. Elia Kazan Norman Jewison The following individuals performed musical numbers. Riding on the success of the previous year's ceremony which garnered record-high viewership figures and several Emmys, AMPAS sought changes to the festivities that would help build upon this recent success. In June 1998, Academy president Robert Rehme announced that the show would be held on a Sunday for the first time in history. AMPAS and network ABC hoped to capitalize on the high television ratings and viewership that benefit programs airing on that particular day of the week; the Academy stated that the move to Sunday would ease concerns about traffic gridlock and transportation that are lower on weekends. The following January, Gil Cates was selected as a producer of the telecast, he selected Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg as host of the 1999 ceremony. Cates explained his decision to bring back Goldberg as host saying, "The audience adores Whoopi and that affection, plus Whoopi's extraordinary talent makes her a terrific host for the show."
In a statement, Goldberg expressed that she was honored and excited to be selected to emcee the telecast commenting, "I am thrilled to escort Oscar into the new millennium. Who would have thought that I would be hosting the last Oscar telecast of the century? It's a huge deal."Several other people participated in the production of the ceremony and its related events. Bill Conti served as musical director for the festivities. In addition to supervising the Best Song nominee performances, choreographer Debbie Allen produced a dance number featuring five dancers from around the world showcasing the nominees for Best Original Dramatic Score. For the first time, the Academy produced its own pre-show. Produced by Dennis Doty, the half-hour program was hosted by actress Geena Davis and CNN reporter Jim Moret. Similar to coverage of red carpet arrivals on networks such as E!, the pre-show featured interviews with nominees and other guests, recaps of nominations and segments highlighting behind-the-scenes preparations for the telecast.
At the time of the nominations announcement on February 9, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees was $302 million with an average of $60.4 million per film. Saving Private Ryan was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $194.2 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Shakespeare in Love, The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful. Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 36 nominations went to 13 films on the list. Only Saving Private Ryan, The Truman Show, A Civil Action and Primary Colors were nominated for Best Picture, acting or screenwriting; the other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Armageddon, A Bug's Life, Patch Adams, The Mask of Zorro, The Prince of Egypt, The Horse Whisperer, What Dreams May Come and Pleasantville. The show received a mixed reception from media publications. Columnist Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly quipped that "Whoopi bombed last night, she knew it—and yet, she took it as a sign of her own
The Student (2016 film)
The Student is a 2016 Russian drama film directed by Kirill Serebrennikov based on Marius von Mayenburg's play Märtyrer. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the François Chalais Prize; the plot revolves around a young man who has become a religious fanatic and drags his surroundings and the whole school into obscurantism, which leads to disaster. Pyotr Skvortsov as Veniamin Yuzhin Viktoriya Isakova as Elena Krasnova Aleksandr Gorchilin as Grigoriy Zaytsev Yuliya Aug as Inga Yuzhina Aleksandra Revenko as Lidiya Tkacheva Anton Vasilev as Oleg Selnenko Nikolay Roshchin as father Vsevolod Svetlana Bragarnik as Lyudmila Stukalina Irina Rudniktskaya as Irina Petrovna Marina Kleschev as steward The Student on IMDb The Student at Rotten Tomatoes The Student at Metacritic The Student at Box Office Mojo