Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker, won the Signis Award at this year's Venice International Film Festival, and has picked up several other awards, including the Arca Cinemagiovani Award (Arca Young Cinema Award) for 'Best Film Venezia 65' (chosen by an international youth jury); the Human Rights Film Network Award; and the 'La Navicella' - Venezia Cinema Award. The film also featured at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was listed as being among the 'top 6 picks' of the festival. Festival co-director Cameron Bailey says that The Hurt Locker "unlocked the key to making a film about the Iraq War. It transcends what is going on in the headlines... and finds something that's mysterious and symbolic." It will now be going to the Zurich Film Festival, where it will screen out of competition with several other high profile festival films such as the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, Blindness directed by Fernando Meirelles, and Larry Charles' film, Religulous.
The Hurt Locker deals with an elite US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team as they try to navigate - and survive - the streets faced by the constant threat of death from incoming bombs and sharp-shooting snipers. The cast includes Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty with cameos by Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce.
Bigelow's collaborator for the film is acclaimed cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC, who is no stranger to action-packed, political films, having worked on United 93, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Battle In Seattle, and is currently filming Paul Greengrass's Green Zone.
"We shot it in Jordan in the middle of summer", Ackroyd recalls. "I got heat stroke; in fact everybody got sick. We shot, even the night scenes, with four cameras on Super 16 and it was almost entirely hand-held.
"There's an almost classic structure to the film, but we tried to make it look very dynamic and real. It was a phenomenal crew and we were so lucky to have great operators."
The Hurt Locker was originated on 16mm Fujifilm ETERNA 500T 8673 and ETERNA 250D 8663