I’m repeating for emphasis that Julian Schnabel told me at last night’s You Don’t Know Jack screening that he chose not to unveil Miral, his latest, in Cannes, and that the period drama will instead debut in Venice and Toronto. (But not Telluride, he added — too much running around in a too-short time frame.)
Julian Schnabel and Miral screenwriter Rula Jebreal — pic is based on her book of the same name. They were sitting side-by-side in row F at last night’s You Don’t Know Jack screening.
Miral costars The Visitor‘s Hiam Abass and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Frieda Pinto with Willem Dafoe and Alexander Siddig supporting. A boilerplate synopsis calls it “a chronicle of Hind Husseini‘s effort to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.” (Abass plays Husseini.)