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Two war-films screen at Venice

Two war-films screen at Venice
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“Nuit de Chien” and “Hurt Locker” have both been shown at the Venice Film Festival. The two films could not be more different. “Nuit de Chien” is the latest offering from director Helmut Schroeter who is said to be one of Germany’s most inspired and evocative film makers of his generation

The film, which translates into “A Dog’s Night” takes place over a single night in a fictitious town. Having fought against fascists up in the mountains, an exhausted man arrives at the train station of his hometown late one night. He is there to find his old love and to flee the country but everything goes wrong.

The second film is “Hurt Locker” by the only female director with a film in competition at Venice this year, America’s Kathryn Bigelow.

“Hurt Locker” is a tense story set in today’s Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad comes together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Full of tension and violence, the film explores why, at a time when most armies are full of volunteers rather than draftees many men and women choose to fight.