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Messenger, The
Directed by
Oren Moverman
USA / 2008 / 112 minutes

Opening Night Film

Rated R by the MPAA
East Coast Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
Tinker Street Cinema
10/01/2009, 6:30PM
Tinker Street Cinema
10/01/2009, 9:30PM
”No such thing as a satisfied customer,” says Captain Tony Stone to his rookie partner, Staff Sgt. Will Montgomery, and indeed, the horrors of war are brutally understated when seen through the eyes of these two unlikely partners serving together as a “Casualty Notification Team.” Their job? To personally deliver the devastating news of a loved ones’ death to the next of kin. A bullet to the chest seems no less powerful than the anguish of such news. In a riveting performance, Ben Foster as Will Montgomery, a war hero with three months left to serve, perfectly expresses the pain and anger of a soldier scarred inside and out as he takes his first tentative steps toward healing. Woody Harrelson is at the top of his game as the gruff and demanding Tony Stone, and Steve Buscemi appears as a bereaved father lashing out. Samantha Morton is remarkable as Olivia, a widow raising a child, who must now struggle with the ambivalence of death. This is a brilliant film, destined to be a classic, in which the darkest side of war is depicted without a single shot being fired. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
Born and raised in Israel, Oren Moverman now lives and works in New York. He has had an extensive career as a screenwriter. He cowrote Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic, "I'm Not There," and collaborated with Ira Sachs on the films "Married Life" and the upcoming "The Goodbye People." He also wrote the screenplays for two other upcoming films: Phillip Kaufman's "Interrupted" about legendary director Nicholas Ray, and Steve Buscemi's "William Burroughs' Queer". Moverman first appeared at the Sundance Film Festival with the screenplay for Face, which played at the 2002 Festival. He both wrote and served as associate producer for "Jesus' Son." "The Messenger" is his first film as a director.
Cast/Featuring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker
Producer(s): Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller
Director(s): Oren Moverman
Screenwriter(s): Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon
Editor(s): Alex Hall
Composer(s)/Music: Nathan Larson
Sound Editor(s): Leslie Shatz, Javier Bennassar
Oscilloscope Laboratories  

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