Julian Schnabel

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Schnabel Talks ‘Miral’

Director Julian Schnabel talks Miral, discovering the Rula Jebreal novel, working with Freida Pinto, the MPAA rating, his new Johnny Depp project, and more.

Julian Schnabel is a director that certainly doesn't rush into his projects. His 15-year career has spawned only four narrative features Basquiat, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and his latest cinematic venture Miral, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12. Despite the lack of quantity in his work, there is no doubt he makes up for it in quality.

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‘Miral’ Gets PG-13 Rating on Appeal

The Weinstein Company has just pulled a hat trick in terms of overturning a movie's rating with the MPAA. Last year, they managed to get Blue Valentine's NC-17 turned into an R, and then they got The King's Speech's R turned into a PG-13 after muffling a few F words. Now, they've gotten the MPAA to overturn Miral's rating from an R to a PG-13.

Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral is a visceral, first-person diary about a young girl (Freida Pinto) growing up in East Jerusalem, where she must confront the effects of occupation and war on every corner of her life.

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‘Miral’ Poster

The first poster for acclaimed director Julian Schnabel's upcoming drama Miral has arrived. Freida Pinto stars as a young woman coming of age in East Jerusalem, where she must confront the effects of occupation and war in every corner of her life. Check out the new image below.

Miral was released March 25th, 2011.

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Julian Schnabel's ‘Miral’ Picked Up by the Weinstein Company

http://movieweb.com/person/julian-schnabel/ The Weinstein Company has acquired North American theatrical rights from Pathé to Julian Schnabel's latest film Miral. The film chronicles Hind Husseini's efforts to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. Miral is based on a novel by Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay, stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and is produced by Jon Kilik (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, Babel, Dead Man Walking, Malcolm X). The deal was announced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company plans to release the film later this year.

Jerusalem, 1948. On her way to work, Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) comes across 55 orphaned children in the street. She takes them home to give them food and shelter. Within six months, 55 had grown to almost 2000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute was born. In 1978, at the age of 5, Miral (Pinto) was sent to the Institute by her father following her mother's death. Brought up safely inside the Institute's walls, she is naïve to the troubles that surround her. Then, at the age of 17, she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people's struggle. When she falls for political activist she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hind's belief that education is the road to peace. Miral co-stars Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave.

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