EXCLUSIVE: After turning the Rwandan genocide into the harrowing film Hotel Rwanda, director Terry George tackles the long-disputed genocide campaign waged by the Turks against the Armenians in World War I. He’s framed it in a romantic triangle among an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac), an artist (Charlotte Le Bon) and an American journalist (Christian Bale). Here is an exclusive look at the first trailer for a film that has its Gala premiere Sunday night at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
The picture is an acquisitions title high on buyers’ lists because of the track record of the actors and George, who scripted the politically charged In The Name Of The Father and The Boxer and wrote and directed the Irish hunger-strike drama Some Mother’s Son. Considering the tensions between the U.S. and Turkey right now, and the fact that the latter always has disputed the validity of the word “genocide” — even though an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated — this could be another hot-button Toronto Film Festival title.
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