XXV edition
8/13 December 2015

  Out of Competiton
  Special Events
  Crime TV

Bridge of Spies

United States, 2015, 141’, color

Matt Charman
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Janusz Kaminski
Michael Kahn
Thomas Newman
production design
Adam Stockhausen
Kasia Walicka-Maimone

Tom Hanks [James Donovan]
Mark Rylance [Rudolf Abel]
Scott Sheperd [Hoffman]
Amy Ryan [Mary Donovan]
Sebastian Koch [Wolfgang Vogel]
Alan Alda [Thomas Watters]
Austin Stowell [Francis Gary Powers]
Mikhail Gorevoy [Ivan Schischkin]
Will Rogers [Frederic Pryor]

Kristie Macosko Krieger
Marc Platt
Steven Spielberg
Amblin Entertainment
DreamWorks SKG
Fox 2000 Pictures
Marc Platt Productions
Participant Media
Reliance Entertainment
TSG Entertainment

James Donovan, an insurance lawyer in Brooklyn, finds himself personally entangled in the Cold War. First he is assigned to defend Rudolph Abel, a Soviet spy to whom the U.S. government would like to provide the trappings of a fair trial; then the CIA entrusts him with the delicate negotiations for the release of Francis Gary Powers, an American pilot taken prisoner after his U-2 spy plane crashes in Russia. The title of the film refers to a bridge that used to link West Berlin and Potsdam in East Germany and was often used for the exchange of prisoners between the American and Soviet secret services.
"As a youngster growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, I had a tremendous amount of awareness of what was happening during the Cold War, but I didn’t know anything about the exchange of Rudolf Abel for Francis Gary Powers. I knew about Powers because growing up everyone had heard that his U-2 spy plane had been shot down and that he had been put on public display at a very public trial, but the story kind of ended with a spectacular shoot down. I didn’t realize that something had happened subsequent to his capture, which was this very backroom exchange, this spy swap between Abel, a Soviet spy, and Powers, the American spy pilot. So there was a lot to this story that really pulled me in." [Steven Spielberg]

Steven Spielberg won three Oscar® awards for Saving Private Ryan (Best Director) and Schindler’s List (Best Film and Best Director). In the 1970s he rewrote film history as one of the driving forces behind the New Hollywood, along with the other major filmmakers of his generation. With credits such as Jaws, 1941, E.T., the Indiana Jones trilogy, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Munich and now Bridge of Spies, Spielberg has tackled every possible film genre. He is also active as a producer. In recent years he has plunged into the world of TV series (Falling Skies, Extant, Under the Dome, Minority Report).

2015 Bridge of Spies
2012 Lincoln
2011 War Horse
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
2008 A Timeless Call [doc, short]
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2005 Munich
2005 War of the Worlds
2004 The Terminal
2002 Catch Me If You Can
2002 Minority Report
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
1999 The Unfinished Journey [doc, short]
1998 Saving Private Ryan
1997 Amistad
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
1993 Schindler’s List
1993 Jurassic Park
1991 Hook
1989 Always
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1987 Empire of the Sun
1985 The Color Purple
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
1982 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1979 1941
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1975 Jaws
1974 The Sugarland Express
1973 Savage [tv movie]
1972 Something Evil [tv movie]
1971 Duel [tv movie]
1968 Amblin’ [short]
1964 Firelight
1961 Escape to Nowhere [short]
1961 Fighter Squad [short]
1959 The Last Gun [short]



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