Skip to comments.September 11 plane drama to open NY film festival
Posted on 03/30/2006 8:05:27 AM PST by Valin
NEW YORK (Reuters) - "United 93," a film dramatization of the events on the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, will have its world premiere at a New York film festival next month.
"'United 93' recreates the doomed trip in actual time, from takeoff to hijacking to the realization by those onboard that their plane was part of a coordinated attack unfolding on the ground beneath them," organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival said on Wednesday.
The festival was founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2002 to help revitalize lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Opening films in previous years have been comedies such as "About a Boy" and "Down with Love" as well as the thriller "The Interpreter" last year. This year's choice of "United 93" as the opening film returns the focus to Tribeca's roots.
"The festival was basically created eight months after September 11 and it was to give our neighborhood something to look forward to and to help the renewal, and to do that you need to laugh," the festival's co-founder Jane Rosenthal told Reuters.
"We found ourselves for several years saying we need a comedy. In year five, we need to remember," she said.
Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, director of "The Bourne Supremacy," the film is billed as a drama about the passengers, crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched as events unfold on the fourth airline hijacked on September 11, 2001.
Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the third into the Pentagon. Passengers on the fourth plane sent messages to loved ones saying the plane had been hijacked and they were going to try to overcome the hijackers.
Rosenthal said that after nearly five years there was a danger the events of September 11 were fading from people's memories. "A lot has happened in the world and as a country we seem to have a short term memory loss," she said.
Some of the relatives of those who died on United 93 are expected to attend the premiere in New York on April 25, the first night of the festival which runs until May 7.
"It is never easy to relive the events of 9/11, yet I support 'United 93' as a tribute to the heroism of my brother and the 39 other passengers and crew who collectively chose to say 'no' on that fateful day," Gordon Felt, who lost his brother Edward on September 11, said in a statement.
The films in competition at the festival include several with political themes, particularly related to the Middle East and the war in Iraq.
"We're a festival that was started because of an act of war, so we have always had films and panel discussions that bring up difficult subjects," Rosenthal said.
It will be released wide. I've seen the trailer. It looks good.
Will it be all left rudder?
CAIR will protest the film all the while proclaiming that their death cult had nothing to do with 911.
HBO has a new quasi documentary on called The Hamburg Cell which is excellent. Bone-chilling scary about the terrorists but acting well done.
I hope it does not end with:
And after six years of diverting the attention of the American military resources over unrelated issues with Iraq, the president of the United States still has not captured Osama.
I've flipped through it....
Sorry; I lost a fireman buddy on 9-11 and went frantic for hours trying to track down family and friends who worked in lower Manhattan as I watched the towers crumble (I live 45 minutes away)...
I am still too damn angry to watch any of these shows....I'm afraid after punching holes in the walls of my house when viewing them I'll go out in the street and choke the sh!t out of the first muslim I see...
Is it Based on The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It
by John Miller, Chris Mitchell, Michael Stone?
FYI VERY Good book.
Sec. Rumsfeld was in Somerset last week one day. After touring the site, he said something to the effect of This is where America started to fight back.
I actually thought it tried to humanize the terrorists too much and made excuses.
Is it historically and factually accurate, or is it whitewashed and slanted by the CNN/MSNBC/Spielberg crowd?
Something I (along with others I'm sure) have complained about it, there are so many wonderful stories out there about 9-11 & the War if I were a screenwriter or producer I'd be working night and day on makeing films/TV shows/Documentary's. Todd Beamer...Atta...NYFD/NYPD...The Bali Bombing....Spec-ops in Afghanistan, the list goes on and on, talk about a target rich enviroment!
Check this link at IMDb.
I thought it was balanced and made clear their evil.
The only significant omission IMHO was the reason for the failure to search the laptop - the asinine Gorelick Wall that the Clinton administration constructed.
Thanks for the quick head's up.
I will give it a try, and keep what you said in mind.
Here's the official site where you can watch a trailer......
Apparently a number of family members who have seen the movie have said it was well done.