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Thursday, 21 November
Veteran director Agnieszka Holland unearths an essential chapter of history with this powerful biopic starring James Norton as real-life Welsh journalist Gareth Jones, who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Soviet Ukraine.
Upon his arrival in 1933 Moscow, Jones is continually told of Stalin’s achievements by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty (Peter Saarsgard). All the while, he hears muted whispers of widespread devastation in the Soviet Union. Evading authorities, Jones smuggles himself onto a train bound for Ukraine where he is thrust into a terrifying reality. From the moment he steps off the train, he is forced to see and experience first-hand the horrific situation that prevailed.
In an act widely understood to have inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Jones risked his life, career and reputation to become the first person to report on the Holodomor, the man-made famine that killed up to 7.5 million people. Norton turns in a career-best performance as Jones in this compelling and powerful film about a crusader determined to reveal the truth even in the face of extreme danger.
(English, Ukrainian, Russian, Welsh with English subtitles)
“A fiery epic paying tribute to this forgotten figure of history.” – LITTLE WHITE LIES
NOMINATED: Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2019
NOMINATED: Best Film, Polish Film Festival, 2019