Tags: Miral | Schnabel | Weinstein | Israel | settlers | Palestinian | UN

Tragedies Cloud Eastwood, Schnabel Films

Monday, 14 Mar 2011 02:23 PM

By Robin Berkowitz

In the wake of Friday’s stabbings of five Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the U.N. is expressing “regret” about the timing of its sponsored screening of a film seen as anti-Israel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But not enough regret to change its plans; director Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” will be shown Monday as scheduled at the U.N. General Assembly Hall, notwithstanding objections from the Israeli government and the American Jewish Committee.

“Miral,” a Weinstein Co. release, is about a young Palestinian woman growing up in Jerusalem. Harvey Weinstein and Schnabel dismissed the AJC’s assertion that the film was “highly negative” toward Israel and “blatantly one-sided.”

U.N. spokesman Jean Victor Nkolo told The Hollywood Reporter that the screening would promote worthwhile discussion. “This is the kind of story that … reminds us to work even harder for a lasting peace.”

In another case of tragic timing, Clint Eastwood’s movie “Hereafter,” which opens with a horrific tsunami sequence, is cutting short its run in Japanese theaters. According to The Associated Press, a Warner Entertainment Japan official said the tsunami scenes were “not appropriate” at present.


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