Two Men in Town Directed
Rachid Bouchareb France / Algeria / USA / Belgium / 2014 / 120 minutes New York Premiere
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After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker) is being released. With the help of an idealistic parole agent (Brenda Blethyn) and his new-found Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses which possess him. However, Bill Agati (Harvey Keitel), the Sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett is released, has other ideas. Convinced that Garnett is unredeemable and is a threat to the security of his county, Agati launches a campaign to return Garnett to prison for life. Also stars Luis Guzman, Dolores Heredia, Tim Guinee, and Ellen Burstyn.
BIO: Rachid Bouchareb was born in Paris to an Algerian immigrant family. Themes of cultural identity and clash pervade his body of work, beginning with his first film, Baton Rouge (1985). In 1987, the director and his friend Jean Bréhat co-founded production company 3B, which produced all his subsequent films as well as those of Bruno Dumont.
Bouchareb was first nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1995 with Poussières de vie (Dust of Life), about life in Vietnam after the war. His next film, Little Senegal, a tribute to Sergio Leone westerns and Midnight Cowboy, met with critical and public acclaim. With Indigènes (Days of Glory), Bouchareb was again nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar for his cinematic tribute to the thousands of African soldiers who fought and died to free Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Indigènes (Days of Glory) opened the 2006 Woodstock FIlm Festival. The film helped motivate French President Jacques Chirac to recognize the duty of war veterans and increase their pensions. In 2011, Bouchareb received his third Oscar nomination for Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law), a chronicle of three Algerian brothers fighting for their country’s independence after 1945.
Cast/Featuring: Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman, Dolores Héredia, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Guinee, Reg E. Cathey
Executive Producer(s): Mustapha Orif, Jonathan Blumental, Abdelkrim Bouchareb, Genevieve Lemal
Producer(s): Jean Brehat, Jerome Seydoux, Charles S. Cohen, Allen Bain, Muriel Merlin
Director(s): Rachid Bouchareb
Screenwriter(s): Olivier Lorelle, Yasmina Khadra, Rachid Bouchareb. Based on the film Two Men In Town directed by Jose Giovanni. Original script and adaptation by Jose Giovanni with dialogue by Jose Giovanni and Daniel Boulanger
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