— by TOM ELCE —
Director Danis Tanovic’s upcoming film Triage focuses on a photojournalist returning home from a dangerous mission in Kurdistan and the mystery — being investigated by his wife — of why his homecoming was without his colleague.
The movie stars Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee and has thankfully been given a trailer treatment that doesn’t spell out every detail of the film. The bad news is that said trailer doesn’t exactly blow you away, so here’s hoping the more profound aspects of the scenes set in Kurdistan show up in the whole movie, or else this might be just another run-of-the-mill West-meets-East saga that we don’t need.
For history, the movie’s based on a novel, also called “Triage,” by Scott Anderson, and focuses on the psychological ramifications Farrell’s lead role, Mark Walsh, following his venture into Third World territory. As Anderson was himself a war correspondent on the issue, signs point towards “Triage” having some sort of credibility and merit about it.
For his part, writer-director Danis Tanovic has scored some success with his prior work, notching up a total of 22 award wins for his work thus far. His 2001 film “No Man’s Land” was notably the recipient of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, so it might be interesting to see what he might achieve with “Triage” — his first English-language picture.
“Triage” is set to be shown at the American Film Market on Nov. 9.
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