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SF360 Interview: Phillip Haas

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 27, 2007 at 10:24AM

Set in Iraq, "The Situation" [by Phillip Haas] centers on a female British reporter (played by Connie Nielsen) chasing on a story, various Iraqis who she befriends (and endangers) and a moral but jaded U.S. diplomat who rarely ventures out of the fortified Green Zone. "A fiction film could go deeper than a documentary because somehow reportage, whether it's in a newspaper a magazine or a documentary, particularly with this involvement which we are keeping at a distance, the audience become anesthetized to it. I thought if we had a story with flesh-and-blood characters in a narrative arc, people would become emotionally involved." Michael Fox reports.
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Set in Iraq, "The Situation" [by Phillip Haas] centers on a female British reporter (played by Connie Nielsen) chasing on a story, various Iraqis who she befriends (and endangers) and a moral but jaded U.S. diplomat who rarely ventures out of the fortified Green Zone. "A fiction film could go deeper than a documentary because somehow reportage, whether it's in a newspaper a magazine or a documentary, particularly with this involvement which we are keeping at a distance, the audience become anesthetized to it. I thought if we had a story with flesh-and-blood characters in a narrative arc, people would become emotionally involved." Michael Fox reports.







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