The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked into the everyday madness of his country, losing his health and memory in the process and ends up as a murderer, who calmly lies down to sleep after committing the crime. A dark parable about the situation in deep Ukraine today.
You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo
Release Date: September 28, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Films Transit
Director: Luc Côté, Patricio Hénriquez
Screenwriter: Luc Côté, Patricio Hénriquez
Starring: Not Available
Canadian Omar Khadr was 15 years old, a child soldier, when he was sent by his militant father to work with the Taliban in Afghanistan, assembling mines in an Al Qaeda compound. In 2002, he was captured by U.S. forces during a raid in which he was severely wounded and an American soldier was killed by a hand grenade. Omar was sent to Guantánamo and given the choice of pleading guilty to this murder and accepting an 8-year sentence, or contesting the charge and facing the possibility of life imprisonment. “You Don’t Like the Truth” was culled from seven hours of surveillance material, taken of Omar’s questioning, recently declassified by the Canadians. It is the only interrogation footage from inside Gitmo that has ever been released. The legal, political, and psychological implications of this prisoner’s ordeal are manifold. The film forces us to take responsibility for the strange form of justice that is being meted out in the name of homeland security.
Release Date: September 30, 2011 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
“Margaret” centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.
Machine Gun Preacher
Release Date: September 23, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Marc Forster
Screenwriter: Jason Keller
Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane
Genre: Action, Drama
“Machine Gun Preacher” is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (“300″) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (“Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland”) moving story of violence and redemption.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.
But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, “Machine Gun Preacher” also stars Michelle Monaghan (“Due Date”), Kathy Baker (“Cold Mountain”), Madeline Carroll (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).