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Run Time: 109 minutes
Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm), a top U.S. diplomat, left Lebanon in the 1970s after a tragic incident. Ten years later, the CIA calls him back to a war-torn Beirut with a mission only he can accomplish. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working undercover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Skiles alive and ensuring that the mission is a success. Without knowing who is on his side and with lives on the line, Skiles must outmaneuver everyone to expose the truth. From acclaimed screenwriter Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, the Bourne series), BEIRUT is an intelligent and gripping political thriller exploring the question “whom can you trust in a time of war?” Director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) tells a taut, strikingly entertaining story and gets thrilling performances from Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Though the plot has many layers, Anderson deftly weaves everything together with a controlled style that makes BEIRUT a riveting film packed with intrigue and suspense. (In English, Arabic, and French with subtitles) —Sundance Film Festival
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 6:45 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Voices of the Arab World
American Independents Competition
Brad Anderson was born in 1964 in Madison, Connecticut. He attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in anthropology and Russian. He finished his film education in London. Anderson is best known for directing “The Machinist,” starring Christian Bale, and “The Call,” starring Halle Berry. He has also produced and directed several installments of the Fox television series Fringe.
Frankenstein's Planet of Monsters! (1995), The Darien Gap (1996), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), Happy Accidents (2000), Session 9 (2001), The Machinist (2004), Transsiberian (2008), Vanishing on 7th Street (2010), The Call (2013), Stonehearst Asylum (2014), BEIRUT (2017)
Mike Weber, Tony Gilroy, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson
Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham
This film is presented with the generous support of ART and CAROL ANTON.