Berlin: Competition’s ‘Two Men In Town’ Bows; Star Forest Whitaker Prodded On ‘The Butler’ Oscar Snub (Video)

Oscar-nominated Days Of Glory helmer Rachid Bouchareb’s Berlin Competition entry Two Men In Town is based on the 1973 Alain Delon/Jean Gabin film. The update, sold by Pathé, deals with questions of racial profiling, religion and immigration. It stars Forest Whitaker, Brenda Blethyn, Harvey Keitel, Luis Guzman and Dolores Heredia. Whitaker plays an ex-con just out of prison who, despite his new-found Islamic faith, struggles with violent impulses. Although much of today’s panel with some of the stars turned around the issues the film examines, Whitaker, who won the Best Actor Oscar for The Last King Of Scotland, was asked about the fact that Lee Daniels’ The Butler had been shut out at the Oscars. He responded, “You can never gauge things of that nature, all you can gauge is the experience you had. I had an amazing experience; it was life-altering for me and I felt very proud of what we accomplished.” To which Blethyn, a two-time Oscar-nominee, chimed in, “We don’t make films to win awards. We make them to entertain the paying public. If awards come along that’s great… Somehow, the perception is if it doesn’t win an award it’s a failure. It’s not true.” Here’s a clip from Two Men In Town:

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