Category: Political Thrillers
In 2009, London-based journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) was detained in Iran for more than 100 days because of an interview regarding the country’s presidential election. Bahari was arrested and, while his pregnant fiancée waited for him, spent four months at Evin Prison, being brutally interrogated.
When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he’d be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.
For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar’s father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years.
He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child.
Rosewater is an American drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Bahari’s imprisonment is connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; the authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy. Due to the content of the film, Stewart has been accused by Iran’s State TV of being funded by Zionists and working with the CIA. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 14, 2014.
Directed by: Jon Stewart
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dimitri Leonidas, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Nazanin Nour
Screenplay by: Jon Stewart
Production Design by: Gerald Sullivan
Cinematography by: Bobby Bukowski
Film Editing by: Jay Rabinowitz
Costume Design by: Phaedra Dahdaleh
Set Decoration by: Karim Kheir, Nasser Zoubi
Art Direction by: Samy Keilani
Music by: Howard Shore
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: November 14, 2014
When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity – oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré’s novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
A Most Wanted Man is a British espionage-thriller film based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Andrew Bovell. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss. It premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and competed in the main competition section of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival and the 40th Deauville American Film Festival. It was also the last film released in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s lifetime.
About the Story
Issa Karpov (Dobrygin), a refugee from Chechnya, enters Hamburg, Germany, illegally. Günther Bachmann (Hoffman), a German espionage agent, leads a team which seeks to develop intelligence from the local Muslim community. The team learns of Karpov’s presence from CCTV footage and confirms from Russian intelligence that he is considered to be an extremely dangerous terrorist. The team also tracks the activities of local Muslim philanthropist Dr. Abdullah (Ershadi) who is believed to be funnelling funds to terrorist activities, though the team is unable to prove this. German security official Mohr (Bock) and American diplomatic attache Sullivan (Wright) both take interest in the two cases.
Karpov contacts an immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter (McAdams), through a local Muslim family and she puts him in contact with Tommy Brue (Dafoe), a banker whose father laundered money for Karpov’s father. Karpov identifies with his maternal Chechen heritage and doesn’t want his father’s money.
Bachmann’s team is able to turn Brue and Richter who convince Karpov to donate the funds to Abdullah’s organisation believing that Abdullah will reroute some funds to a shipping company which is a front for Al Qaeda.
Bachmann plans to capture Abdullah and turn him as well in order to ensnare those higher up in the terrorist organisation. The plan is approved by the interior minister and Abdullah does indeed route funds to the shipping company, but as Bachmann prepares to take Abdullah into custody, he is ambushed by forces reporting to Mohr and Sullivan who capture Abdullah and Karpov.
A Most Wanted Man
Directed by: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin
Screenplay by: Andrew Bovell
Cinematography by: Benoit Delhomme
Edited by: Claire Simpson
Music by: Herbert Grönemeyer
MPAA Rating: R for language.
Studio: Roadside Attraction
Release Date: July 25, 2014