Israel: Haifa Film Festival to show "A Mighty Heart," starring Angelina Jolie
The 23rd Haifa International Film Festival will be held 27th September - 4th October 2007, and is to close with A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie and Dan Futterman.
The film is an adaptation of Mariane Pearl's book, A Mighty Heart. It is a memoir of her journalist husband's kidnap and murder in Pakistan while investigating the case of a shoe bomber, Richard Reid.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to good reviews. Mrs Pearl's book was adapted for the screen by the film's director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Wonderland), and the film was produced by Brad Pitt.
Daniel Pearl, a reporter for US newspaper the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped on his way to an interview in Karachi, Pakistan in January 2002. After nine days of detention, he was murdered. The act was filmed and the video released.
Click here for the A Mighty Heart trailer.
Other films being shown at the Haifa festival include Désengagement, starring Juliette Binoche, which will open the festival. This political drama looks at Israel's 2005 retreat from the occupied Gaza Strip. Binoche's character travels to Israel to find the daughter she gave up 20 years before, and becomes caught up in the West Bank turmoil .