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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

A Private War (2019 Feature Film)

Matthew Heineman | United Kingdom, USA | 2018 | color | DCP | 110' | English | n.s.

The gripping story of war reporter Marie Colvin, whose idealism and commitment to show the world the gruesome reality of war eventually led to serious psychiatric traumas. An excellent role by Rosamund Pike, who portrays the influential reporter with all her fervor and humanity.

Marie Colvin (1956-2012) wasn’t particularly interested in 'embedded journalism'. The war correspondent for The Sunday Times did not remain obediently behind the lines, but penetrated to the flaming core of armed conflicts. She stood on battlefields in East Timor, Chechnya, Libya and Sierra Leone, among others. There, she revealed war crimes and personal suffering, and interviewed rebel leaders and dictators. She lost an eye in Sri Lanka during a grenade attack. In the end, a bombardment during the siege of the Syrian city of Homs cost her her life.

Colvin was driven by a primeval sense of being a reporter: seeking truth with a large dose of humanism. But her work also demanded sacrifice. She tried to soothe the traumatizing misery she faced every day with sex and alcohol. Real relationships never lasted very long. Rosamund Pike plays Marie Colvin as a woman who has been penetrated to her very core by war. An impressive role.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 21:15

Duration: 1:22

Year in Festival
Matthew Heineman
Robert Richardson
Rosamund Pike
Jamie Dornan
Tom Hollander
Stanley Tucci
United Kingdom
Nick Fenton
H. Scott Salinas
Annie Lennox
Basil Iwanyk
Marissa McMahon
Matthew George
Matthew Heineman
Charlize Theron
Production Company
Kamala Films
Thunder Road Films
Savvy Media Holdings
Denver & Delilah Films
Production Design
Sophie Becher
Alex Walton
Arash Amel
Year of Production
Matthew Heineman

Matthew HEINEMAN (1983, USA) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, based in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005 with a degree in History. He discovered filmmaking while he and his friends were taking a road trip through the US. He has twice won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America, one of only three directors to win the prestigious honor twice.


Our Time (2009, doc), The Alzheimer's Project (2009, series), Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012, doc), Cartel Land (2015, doc), City of Ghosts (2017, doc), A Private War (2018), The Trade (2018)