By Michael Reubens
I recently had the pleasure to attend two film screenings here in New York : Both focus on real-life people – both deceased – The first film about a journalist, the second, a film director.
I refer to A Private War and Searching for Ingmar Bergman
An American war correspondent based in London for The UK Sunday Times, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) died courageously covering one of the most dangerous global hotspots in the Syrian city of Homs. Her photographer, Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) is still alive.
A Private War was directed by acclaimed Documentary film-maker Matthew Heinemann from a screenplay by Arash Amel and based on the 2012 Vanity Fair magazine article ‘Marie Colvin’s Private War’ by Marie Brenner.
Scheduled for cinema release on November 2nd in both New York and Los Angeles and nationwide US on November 16th.
The genius of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman is brought to life in this documentary by Margarethe Von Trotta, a Berlin born, Paris based film director and former actress in Searching for Ingmar Bergman.
As the title suggests, this is a film on Bergman, his masterpieces on celluloid, personal and intimate details and co-star revelations in what would have been his 100th birthday.
Having received critical acclaim at Cannes for the world premiere, this docu-film was screened at both Toronto and the New York film festivals. Von Trotta includes interviews with Liv Ullman, Daniel and ingmar Jr (his sons) and Ingrid Bergman.
Filmed in Seeden, Germany, Spain and France, the film is unrated and runs 99 minutes and scheduled for release in New York on November 2nd and Los Angeles, November 9th. Other dates and cities to come.
Both films are mind-stimulating and thought-provoking. A welcome change from car chases, gratuitous sex and violence and mindless dialogue!