Saturday, September 8, 2007
US director Brian De Palma won the Best Director award today at the Venice film festival for "Redacted," his film about the rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers. The title refers to images thought to be too gruesome and therefore not ran by the mainstream US media. De Palma says “The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war.”
The festival also featured another film critical of the Iraq war, “In the Valley of Elah” by director Paul Haggis (whose previous film “Crash” is one of the worst films I’ve seen in years).
Other than documentaries, it’s generally rare for feature length films to tackle a war that's still being waged. Altman’s M*A*S*H* was clearly a commentary on Vietnam, but had present itself as being about the Korean War. "Redacted" and "In the Vallery" join a host of other widely released films including “Ghosts of Abu Graib”, “No End in Sight”, “The War Tapes” and Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo”