Letters from Baghdad

  • Thur Sept 7
  • Sat Sept 9
Letters from Baghdad
Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum
voice of Tilda Swinton

While sometimes called the “female Lawrence of Arabia,” the British archaeologist, adventurer, diplomat and spy Gertrude Bell was even more critical to the shaping of the post-WWI Middle East. Drawing from over 1600 letters by Bell (voiced by Tilda Swinton), as well as rare archival footage, communiques, and documents from the Iraqi National Library, the filmmakers construct their biography “as if they’re making the film in the late 1920s, soon after Bell’s death: basically, making a movie about current events. They interview Bell’s friends and colleagues, including Lawrence—they are actually actors playing those real-life characters, and their words are taken from their correspondence and journals.” (SF Chronicle) Werner Herzog’s feature film about Bell, Queen of the Desert, is also screening this Fall. “[T]he film elegantly unfolds as if someone had peeked inside a steerage trunk and thumbed through the brittle pages of scrapbooks showing sailboats on the Euphrates and hieroglyphics in the moonlight.” (LA Times)

website: lettersfrombaghdadthemovie.com

Ithaca Premiere
DCP bw
1 hour 35 minutes
release year/country
2016 UK/USA/France