|'A Might Heart' opens at Cannes Festival
[ 2007-05-22 11:26 ]
A film about American journalist Daniel Pearl,
who was kidnapped and murdered by Islamic militants in Pakistan in 2002, has
opened at the Cannes Film Festival. Pearl The film, A Mighty Heart, is based on
a book written by his wife Mariane Pearl, and stars Angelina Jolie. For VOA,
Anita Elash filed this report from Paris.
American journalist Daniel Pearl was researching a
story in Pakistan about Richard Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber," when he was
kidnapped in 2002. A group of Islamic militants claimed responsibility and said
Pearl was an American spy. After he was killed, the group circulated a video on
the Internet showing his execution.
The film, A Mighty Heart, is based
on a book written by Pearl's wife, Mariane, who was five months pregnant when he
was killed. It begins on her last day with her husband in Pakistan, where they
were on assignment together, and depicts her efforts to find Daniel and to
come to terms with
Mariane Pearl is played
by American actress Angelina Jolie. Pearl said she asked Jolie to play the part
after she read an interview with her and thought they could be friends.
Jolie was about six-months pregnant as she prepared for the film. She told
reporters in Cannes that that helped her understand what Mariane Pearl was going
"I remember being six-months pregnant, and thinking 'I cannot imagine, at
this time, not having the father with me', you know? Not having and being
concerned about his life and trying to eat, and trying to remember to get some
sleep and trying to take a deep breath, and physically even just moving around,"
she said. "So, as a woman, it just made me so much more connected to her and
aware of her."
The film is directed by British director Michael Winterbottom and co-produced
by Jolie's husband Brad Pitt. It opens in the United States on June 22.
come to terms