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A Private War

Rated R 110 minutes 2018

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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman makes his narrative debut with this moving and important portrait of legendary foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, whose work covering Syria in 2012—where she was killed when Assad targeted journalists—was the extraordinary capper on a brilliant career. So many threads of urgent necessity come together in this somber, often gripping movie: the vital need for unfettered journalism to reveal horrors that governments would prefer to keep hidden; new dangers reporters face in a global culture in which even democracies are turning against journalism; and the toll reporting from war zones takes on those who do it. Rosamund Pike delivers the performance of her career as Colvin, suffering from PTSD and yet drawn “like a moth to a bloody flame” to return again and again to the worst places on the planet to get the truth of them out. Colvin may have been a unique personality—a messy mass of contradictions, the layers of which Pike unpeels for us with a sharp sensitivity—but there are women like Colvin everywhere, doing hard, dangerous work, and we need more stories like this one.

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Official Site: www.aprivatewarfilm.com

Director: Matthew Heineman

Producer: Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Matthew Heineman, Charlize Theron, Erica Lee, Jonathan Fuhrman, Ashley Schlaifer, Jeffrey Sobrato, Joe Gelchion, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, David Dinerstein, Jason Resnick, William Sadleir, Wayne Godfrey, Robert Jones, Jeff Rice, Lee Broda and Nicole Shipley

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Jérémie Laheurte, Hilton McRae, Fady Elsayed and Raad Rawi

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