UK, USA, South Africa

Synopsis

Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, The Mauritanian is the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), reveals shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.

Director's Biography

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Kevin Macdonald has made numerous award winning documentaries, including ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER (Oscar® for Best Documentary in 1999); TOUCHING THE VOID (BAFTA for Best British Film of the Year, 2003); LIFE IN A DAY (2011); MARLEY (BAFTA nominated in 2013); and WHITNEY (Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2018).

Kevin’s feature films include THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (BAFTA winner for Best British Film of the Year and Oscar for Best Actor, Forrest Whittaker, 2006); STATE OF PLAY (2009); HOW I LIVE NOW (2014); and BLACK SEA (2016).

Macdonald lives in London with his wife, Tatiana, and 3 children.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2021 - THE MAURITANIAN
2020 - LIFE IN A DAY
2018 - WHITNEY
2016 - BLACK SEA
2014 - HOW I LIVE NOW
2012 - MARLEY
2011 - LIFE IN A DAY
2009 - STATE OF PLAY
2006 - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
2003 - TOUCHING THE VOID
1999 - ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

Written by: M. B. Traven, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani

Produced by: Adam Ackland, Leah Clarke, Lloyd Levin, Beatrice Levin

Cinematography: Alwin H. Küchler

Editing: Justine Wright

Production Design: Michael Carlin

Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne

Make-Up & Hair: Kerry Skelton

Original Score: Tom Hodge

Sound: Glenn Freemantle

Visual Effects: Simon Hughes

Casting: Nina Gold

Main Cast: Jodie Foster (Nancy Hollander), Tahar Rahim (Mohamedou Ould Slahi)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021