Award Winning Iraqi Film Sheds Light on the Effects Of War

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Milan Film Festival winner 'Tangled Up in Blue' gets UK release on October 27th

Ian Attfield in a scene from 'Tangled Up in Blue' directed by Haider Rashid

Inspired by the true stories of many Iraqis, the film is dedicated to the memory of Kamel Shiaa Abdallah, an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Culture who was assassinated in Baghdad in August 2008.

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Fresh from its success at the 2010 Milan Film Festival, where judges Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson and Anton Corbjin gave it the Best Film award, the critically acclaimed ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ is to have its British theatrical release in London from 27-31 October.

As the focus turns back on the conflict in Iraq, and Britain examines its role in the war, this UK/Iraq co-production serves as a vivid reminder of the human cost of war and exile. The film, inspired by the true stories of many Iraqis, is dedicated to the memory of Kamel Shiaa Abdallah, an Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Culture who was assassinated in Baghdad in August 2008.

Speaking at the Milan Film Festival, ‘Blade Runner’ star Rutger Hauer said of ‘Tangled Up in Blue’: “I loved the film. I think it’s a film that I would have loved to have made. I want to see this film go somewhere. I want it to be seen.”

Set against the backdrop of a chaotic London, the drama centres on the son of a world-renowned Iraqi writer facing the aftermath of his father’s assassination at the hand of terrorist militias in Baghdad, and struggling with his undeclared love for his best friend.

Young director Haider Rashid, himself the son of an Iraqi exile, tells the story of a second generation Iraqi searching for liberation from his moral dilemmas with a lyrical ode to the lost city of Baghdad; a homeland that the protagonist has never seen himself and whose splendor now only exists in the memories and dreams of its former citizens living in exile. The intense and intimate style makes the film pulse with the fear and tension of a war not present, but keenly felt.

Audience reactions have been warm, with sell-out screenings in Korea and Italy. Rashid said: “It’s great to see how everywhere we screen the film, people relate it to their own experience and make it their own. The audience identifies in ways that go beyond what it represents for me and it’s amazing to see that this film now has a life of its own.”

The critically acclaimed film also scooped Best Film at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai in April, is an Official Entry to the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and is set to continue its festival run after Dubai, Seoul and Milan with Rome, Florence, Mumbai and Cairo.

‘Tangled Up in Blue’ will now be screening in London, where it was shot, from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 October at Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN. Visit http://www.shortwavefilms.co.uk for tickets and http://www.tangledfilm.com for further information about the film.

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