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Camp X-Ray

Camp X-Ray

Director: Peter Sattler
USA | English
2014 | 117min.
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
Theme: L
15+
Eight years after 9/11, Amy Cole, a young Army private looking to escape her small-town life, arrives at Guantanamo Bay for her first deployment. The monotony of the base routine sets in: The job of Cole and her fellow guards, her corporal says, is merely to keep the detainees alive. Ali (or, 471) is one such detainee, merely kept alive for who knows how many years, for who knows what purpose, in his tiny cell. Sattler doesn’t dwell on the crimes committed by those on either side of the cell door, but rather teases out a nuanced human drama between Cole and Ali, the captor and captive who begin to understand and empathize with one another. From the riveting opening sequence to the long, staid, eerily beautiful takes of guards walking from cell to cell on suicide-watch duty, the film puts us squarely in the minds of those at the camp: It feels like a prison for the soldiers as much as the detainees. Kristen Stewart (famous for the Twilight movies) reminds us of her incredible gift for understated dramatic performances as the mega movie star disappears into her role, and it’s thrilling to watch the brilliant Peyman Moaadi (of Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly and Oscar-winning A Separation) move from blustery and crazy-eyed to pensive and vulnerable, often all in one scene. —Joel Hoglund

Director,  Peter Sattler

Director,  Peter Sattler

Peter Sattler was born in Indiana and earned his bachelor of fine art degree in film directing at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His thesis film, Newton, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. He has worked as an artist and screenwriter in Los Angeles for the past 10 years, contributing graphic design to films like Walk the Line (2005) and Star Trek (2009). His first feature film as writer and director, Camp X-Ray, premiered in competition at Sundance.

Cast and Crew

Director
Peter Sattler
Cast
Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, John Carroll Lynch, Tara Holt, Lane Garrison, Julia Duffy, Cory Michael Smith
Production Company
Gotham Group
Sales Contact
Rezo Films
Music
Jess Stroup
Producer
Gina Kwon
Screenwriter
Peter Sattler
Editor
Geraud Brisson
Cinematographer
James Laxton
Production Designer
Richard A. Wright
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