Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s psychological novel follows German spy Gunther Bachmann as he tracks down Issa, a suspicious Chechen-Russian immigrant on the run in Hamburg. Pressured by his German and American colleagues to capture and interrogate his suspect as a Muslim terrorist, Bachmann instead asks for more time to carefully track Issa’s movements and his relationship with his German immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter. Using his secret contacts and keen skill, Bachmann uncovers a connection between a world-renowned Muslim philanthropist and a terrorist group and devises a plan to use Issa and Annabel in a brilliant ploy to expose the scheme.
In a post-9/11 world, the fear of terrorism grips the globe. Corbijn’s captivating storytelling depicts the underbelly of the often-corrupt business of eliminating terrorists. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal of Bachmann is breathtaking as his complicated character strives to maintain his integrity in a grossly depraved industry awash with furtive motives. - R.K.
About the Director
A Most Wanted Man is the third feature film from director Anton Corbijn, following the 2007 drama Control, which won five British Independent Film Awards, and the 2010 thriller The American, starring George Clooney. Born in the Netherlands and residing in the United Kingdom, Corbijn is globally renowned as an influential portrait photographer. He has directed several short films and more than 75 music videos for Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, and Nick Cave, among others.
Cast and Credits
Director: Anton Corbijn
Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell
Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell, Gail Egan, Malte Grunert
Cinematographer: Benoît Delhomme
Composer: Herbert Grönemeyer
Editor: Claire Simpson
Production Designer: Sebastian T. Krawinkel
Principal Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright
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