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The Weinstein Company buys up the North American rights to Julian Schnabel’s MIRAL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 8th, 2010

It’s about damn time.

According to Variety, The Weinstein Company has bought up the North American distribution rights to Julian Schnabel’s latest film, MIRAL, which stars Freida Pinto.

The film follows a Palestinian woman, Hind Husseini (played by Hiam Abbass) who starts an orphanage in Jerusalem.  The orphanage was created in 1948, where thirty years later, we meet the film’s title character, played by the aforementioned Pinto, who is sent to the orphanage.  The film also features performances from Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave, and is Schnabel’s follow up to his brilliant THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY.  It’s also written by the writer of the novel from which it is drawn from, Rula Jebreal.

This is the second time the Weinsteins and Schnabel have teamed up, after Schnabel’s first film, the wonderful BASQUIAT, and while not too much is known about this film, this is definitely one to keep a keen eye on.  Not only does it feature one hell of a fantastic cast, particularly Pinto, an actress I’m quite interested in seeing more of, but Schnabel has proven that he’s quite a gifted filmmaker.  DIVING BELL was one of my favorite films of 2007, so this is definitely a film I cannot wait to see.

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