Brit filmmaker Michael Winterbottom will make Arab-Israeli pic
producer Andy Harries is developing a Gaza-based feature starring Helen Mirren as a Jewish woman whose journo daughter is murdered while covering events in the Gaza Strip. Serbian helmer Emir Kusturica is also set to start production on “Cool Water,” about two Palestinian brothers who smuggle the dead body of their father from Jerusalem to Ramallah as they are pursued by Israeli police, Russian mobsters and a terrorist gang. Winterbottom, too, has displayed a fascination with politics in the Middle East and Muslim world. “A Mighty Heart,” starring Angelina Jolie, retold the story of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was executed by Islamic fundamentalist in Pakistan shortly after the 9/11 attacks. “In This World” looked at Afghan refugees attempting to get asylum in the U.K., while docudrama “The Road to Guantanamo,” which won the Golden Bear at Berlin, followed the true story of three British Muslims held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. Winterbottom’s latest pic, “The Killer Inside Me,” receives it world preem at Sundance, which began on Thursday. Pic, which stars Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba, is about a Texan deputy sheriff who embarks on a killing spree.