War Story (2014 film)

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War Story
War Story poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Mark Jackson
Produced by Catherine Keener
Kristin Gore
Matt Ratner
Shona Tuckman
Written by Mark Jackson
Kristin Gore
Starring Catherine Keener
Hafsia Herzi
Ben Kingsley
Music by Dave Eggar
Amy Lee
Cinematography Reed Morano
Edited by Kate Abernathy
Production
company
Caney Fork Films
Kreate Films
Sicily Movie
Tilted Windmill Productions
Release date
  • January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) (Sundance)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

War Story is a 2014 American drama film directed by Mark Jackson, who had previously directed Without (2011).[1] The film stars Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi and Ben Kingsley.[2] Screenplay is by Kristin Gore, music by Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, and Amy Lee,[3] and cinematography by Reed Morano.[4]

The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014.[5][6] The film later screened at 2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam.[7]

Plot[edit]

A war photographer, Lee goes to Sicily instead of going back home to New York City, to forget about being taken hostage in Libya. In Sicily, she crosses paths with her former lover and mentor Albert and tries to help Hafsia, a young Tunisian migrant, escape to France.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Music for the movie was written and composed by Amy Lee, singer of American rock band Evanescence, and Dave Eggar. The soundtrack album was released on August 25, 2014.

Reception[edit]

War Story received a mixed to negative response from critics, with a 47% rating on rotten tomatoes. Todd McCarthy in his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film by saying that it is "A compelling, beautifully filmed character study of a war zone photographer in personal turmoil."[8] Mark Adams of Screen International praised the film by saying that it is "A dense and taut drama, a study on post-traumatic stress disorder that at its best is strikingly tense and heavy with sadness."[9] Chris Michael in his review for The Guardian, gave the film three out of five stars and said that "Catherine Keener exudes dark anxiety in Mark Jackson's tale of the European immigrant experience."[10]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Award Mark Jackson Nominated[7]

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