ON SCREEN · FILM SPECIAL
A Private War
Rosamund Pike ferociously embodies war correspondent Marie Colvin in this pulse-pounding narrative debut from Matthew Heineman ’05 (City of Ghosts).
Discussion follows with director Matthew Heineman ’05
“A Private War manages to be simultaneously appalled by the humanitarian crises it depicts … and honest about the thrill that visiting such hot spots offered to someone who found it hard to readjust to her life in London between assignments.” —Variety
One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts around the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite (Stanley Tucci) as she is confronting dictators. Her mission to show the true cost of war leads her and her photographer (Jamie Dornan) to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the Syrian city of Homs, where she seeks to refute President Bashar al-Assad’s bold-faced lie that he wasn’t bombing his own people.
In his commitment to capturing the ongoing crisis in Syria, City of Ghosts documentary director Matthew Heineman ’05 makes a pulse-pounding narrative debut with this psychologically immersive, unflinching drama.
D: Matthew Heineman ’05, US, 2018, 1h46m