moves to Majestic
By Susitha R. Fernando
Five Academy Awards nominated Steven Spielberg’s ‘Munich’
will be released in Sri Lankan theatres next month following possible
The Ceylon Theatres one of the leading film importers in Sri Lanka,
has made arrangements to bring down the film that had already become
a hit throughout the world.
historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of
11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics will be released in Sri
Lankan theatres hopefully once it wins some Academy awards’
Thusitha de Alwis, the Publicity Officer for Ceylon Theatre said.
film is not yet released in Hong Kong and India and once it is released
there we would be able to purchase it’ added Mr. Alwis. In
‘Munich’, Steven Spielberg, who won his first Oscar
for the Holocaust drama “Schindler’s List,” has
taken on another tragic moment in modern Jewish history as his next
project — the 1972 Munich Olympics.
the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken
hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black
September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group
of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for
the attack. Inspired by actual events, the narrative is based on
a number of sources, including the recollections of some who participated
in the events themselves. “Munich” recounts the dramatic
story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate
11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre
- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team
and the man who led it. Eric Bana stars as the Mossad agent charged
with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation.
film is nominated for the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted
Screenplay, Best Film Editing and the Best Original Score. In addition
Munich also is nominated for two Golden Globe awards- the Best Picture
and the Best Screen Play.
Steven Spielberg has called his ‘Inspired by Real Events’
story of the hunt for the perpetrators of the Munich massacre of
Israeli athletes a ‘prayer for peace’, but by choosing
to focus his story so heavily on one side, he inadvertently imbues
only that side with human characteristics.
The Palestinian perspective is never properly presented, and the
overwhelming effect of such a one-sided retelling is that one is
manipulated into choosing. His attempt to edify thus fails.
cast include Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Geoffrey
Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Roy Avigdori, Ziad Adwan, Sam Feuer, Haguy
Wigdor, Marie-Josée Croze, Ayelet Zorer, Jean Smart, Lynn
Cohen, Assi Cohen, Ossie Beck, Sharon Alexander, Dov Reiser, Kurt
Russell and Rana Varbin.
Ben Kingsley was attached to the project but had to bow out due
to scheduling conflicts. What was going to be his role was ultimately
played by Geoffrey Rush.
crew truck imported from Germany and laden with heavy equipment,
mysteriously caught fire during shooting in Malta, sparking fears
of a possible terrorist attack. Local police attributed the fire
to generators overheating due to the heat of the Maltese summer.
Kushner, writer of the brilliant ‘Angels In America’
and Eric Roth adapted the script from George Jonas’ book “Vengeance”,
and together with Spielberg have created a wonderfully gripping
film that is olso serious at the same time.
Tony Kushner first declined to co-write the screenplay; he felt
it was too controversial and too complicated to be his first screenplay
for a feature film.