1ST 'LYREBIRD' PHOTO
ARRIVES FROM WW2 HOLLAND
Photos from two war dramas for you today: the first one is LYREBIRD in which Claes Bang plays Joseph Piller, a soldier and member of the Dutch resistance who is tasked with investigating stolen art in the wake of World War II. His focus is on the flamboyant painter Han van Meegeren (Guy
Pearce), who allegedly sold a Vermeer to Hermann Goring. Selling stolen art to the Nazis is a crime punishable by death. After fighting in the Dutch Resistance, Joseph would seem to have little reason to sympathize with an artist known for hosting hedonistic soirees and cozying up to Nazi leaders. But helped by his bright assistant (Vicky Krieps), he peels away layers of damning evidence to be sure van Meegeren gets a fair trial, convinced there is more to the artist than his flamboyant facade.
|Lyrebird has premiered this week, yesterday, at Toronto Film Festival|
'AN OFFICER AND A SPY'
WITH FRENCH ACTING ROYALTY
There are also first photos for 19th century French language drama AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J'accuse) which boasts a cast led by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin alongside Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner,
Mathieu Almaric and Vincent Perez. The movie which has just won the grand jury prize at Venice Film Festival, is this year's movie with the biggest budget in France. Based on a Robert Harris novel, it tells the true story of
counter espionage officer Georges Picquart (Dujardin), who defied orders and embarked on a compromising mission to clear the name of Captain Alfred Dreyfus (Garrel), a promising French Jewish officer who was unfairly accused
of spying for Germany and imprisoned on Devil’s Island in the late 1890s. Drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption, Picquart eventually succeeded in getting Dreyfus exonerated of any wrongdoing years later.
|The film is directed by famous Roman Polanski|
|Jean Dujardin plays the lead role|
|The movie is based on a Robert Harris historical novel|