Filmin premieres next Friday, September 15 exclusively in Spain, the film ‘reality‘, Tina Sater’s film debut starring Sidney Sweeney, Josh Hamilton and Merchant Davis, and which will be the platform’s most prominent direct premiere during the last quarter of the year.
Successfully presented in the Panorama section of the latest edition of the Berlin Film Festival, the film is based on the play “Is This a Room”, written and directed by Sater, and is in turn a recreation of the original transcription. Interview conducted by two FBI agents on June 3, 2017, with an armed forces veteran and translator for the US National Security Agency Reality Winner.
Following that meeting, Winner was accused of unauthorized leaking of classified information about Russian government interference in the 2016 US presidential election, won by Donald Trump. He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed by a federal court for unauthorized leaking of government information to a media outlet.
,reality‘ has been Tina Sater’s greatest creative project ever. The director got in touch with the reality winner’s family after his conviction in 2018, and was also able to meet with the hero via Zoom after he is released from prison in 2021. “I feel incredibly grateful and lucky that they’ve been so open from the beginning… I wouldn’t be able to do this without their support.”, believes the director. Sydney Sweeney, whose performance has been widely praised by critics, was also able to contact the reality winner, first by email and then by Zoom. “Being able to communicate with her was an incredible resource”says the actress.
One of the most unique aspects of the film is that its script is a word-for-word transcript of the actual meeting that two FBI agents had with the reality winner on June 3, 2017. “I think this film is more powerful than the usual works based on true events, and part of its integrity is that the language remains intact”Setter explains. Staging includes actual files, such as the official FBI transcription document, fragments of which are shown on screen, as well as photos and content posted by the winner to his or her social networks.
“In itself, a transcript is a translation of a recording, which in turn is a record of a moment in time. Social media posts are records as well. Combining the June 3 transcript with elements from reality is part of that act of translation. Is “The director concluded.
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