Thursday, March 24, 2011

Julian Schnabel on the Controversial Miral and His Empathy for Steven Soderbergh (New York Magazine) / TONIGHT - Julian Schnabel on Charlie Rose (Charlie Rose)

Julian Schnabel is no stranger to being the subject of intense debate and discussion in his primary career as a painter, but now he's feeling that heat in his side gig as a filmmaker. With two rapturously reviewed movies included in his sparse filmography (2000's Javier Bardem drama Before Night Falls and 2007's Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Schnabel decided to mount a big-screen adaptation of Rula Jebreal's novel MIRAL, but the response to it has been divisive: Festival audiences gave the movie mixed reviews in the fall (it's now being released in a shorter, leaner cut), and some Jewish organizations are protesting the film for its sympathetic take on conflict in Israel through the eyes of a Palestinian woman. Vulture sat down with Schnabel this week to discuss how he feels about the controversy and his reluctance to making movies.
An interesting and quick interview with Julian Schnabel that certainly makes me want to see his new film Miral.

On a related note, Schnabel will be on Charlie Rose tonight. If you can't watch it tonight, you can watch it online here tomorrow.

Read the full article here.

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