Prima mondiale del film su Bobby Sands a Cannes

Verrà presentato al Festival di Cannes (14-25 maggio 2008), il film che narra le ultime 6 settimane di vita di Bobby Sands. Il film, opera prima di Steve Mcqueen alla regia, narrerà i giorni precedenti la morte di Bobby subito dopo essere stato eletto membro del Parlamento.
Di seguito un articolo del 30 aprile tratto dall’Irish Independent.

Film on Sands’ hunger strike set for Cannes

A FILM based on the last six weeks in the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is to have its world premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival .

The film will portray Sands’ final days before he died in Maze Prison in May 1981, shortly after being elected an MP.

The screenplay for Hunger is co-written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, whose critically acclaimed plays have included Disco Pigs, Bedbound and The Walworth Farce.

The film is the first directed by Steve McQueen, the British artist who won the Turner Prize in 1999, who colloborated with Walsh on the screenplay.

“The body as site of political warfare is becoming a more familiar phenomenon. It is the final act of desperation. Your own body is your last resource for protest,” he said.

“What I want to convey is something you can’t find in books or archive, the ordinariness and extraordinariness of life in this prison.

“Yet also the film is an abstraction in a certain way, a meditation on what it is like to die for a cause,” he added.

In Hunger, Bobby Sands is played by German-born, Killarney – raised actor Michael Fassbender (31), who featured as Stelios in the historical epic 300, a major box-office success last year.

He first came to fame in a Guinness commercial, as a man who swims the Atlantic to heal a rift with a friend in the US.


In an interview before Hunger started filming, Fassbender said: “Naturally for us in Ireland the theme has special interest, but the unique way in which Steve McQueen will tell the story is something new.”

Dublin actor Liam Cunningham features as a priest in the film, which was financed by Channel 4, Northern Ireland Screen and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. It is hotly tipped for the prestigious slot of opening the official Cannes sidebar section, Un Certain Regard.

The 61st Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14 to 25.

quì un altro articolo questa volta tratto da The Guardian/The Observer


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