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Q&A with MIchael Winterbottom
Out of Competition
CANNES -- Michael Winterbottom's expertly fashioned documentary-style drama "A Mighty Heart" relates the intense manhunt launched in Pakistan when jihadists kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Angelina Jolie delivers a well-measured and moving performance as the reporter's wife, Mariane.
With the BBC's Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston now missing and believed kidnapped for 70 days and journalists in danger in hotspots worldwide, a film version of Mariane Pearl's book about the search for her husband could not be more timely.
Due for release in June in the U.S. and the rest of the world in September, the film's even-handed approach to incendiary topics should generate substantial interest.