Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

RED MERCURY

 

Year: 2005
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 110 minutes

In July of 2005, Londoners' worst fears came true: four British-born Muslim fundamentalists detonated four bombs, killing themselves and many others while immobilizing and petrifying the city. Produced amidst this terror, Roy Battersbyís RED MERCURY poses ěwhat if?î to an audience that already knows the answer. But, in doing so, the film also explains ěwhy?î In RED MERCURY, three potential terrorists flee from hiding when a tip-off to the police threatens their operation. Unable to make a clean getaway, the British Muslim youths, laden with bags of explosives, hold a small Greek restaurant hostage. Among the captives are the restaurant owner (Stockard Channing), an influential American lawyer (Ron Silver), and a famous author (David Bradley). The police investigation, led by the Gold Commander (Pete Postlethwaite) and counter-terrorism expert Sofia Warburton (Juliet Stevenson), along with conversations between hostages and captors, reveal the more sympathetic story of the young, inexperienced bombers. This politically resonant thriller will challenge your views on terror while keeping you on the edge of your seat. ńE.J.B.

Screenplay
Farrukh Dhondy

Director
Roy Battersby

Producer
Michael Wearing

Cinematography
Uday Tiwari

Editing
Jeremy Gibbs

Principal Cast
Juliet Stevenson, Pete Postlethwaite, Stockard Channing, Ron Silver, David Bradley

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