Palestine, Jewish Terrorists & A Winterbottom

Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s “9 Songs” sparked a minor controversy over its non-simulated sex scenes. His current release “The Killer Inside Me” is provoking division over the lead character’s brutal treatment of women.

It’s his next project however, the Jewish terrorists in 1930’s Palestine tale “The Promised Land”, that could make both those skirmishes look about as pleasant as a quick sail around the east Mediterranean. Winterbottom explained the plot to CHUD this week:

“It’s set in the 1930s and it’s about two British police chasing Abraham Stern, who is one of the leaders of one of the underground groups in Israel [Lehi]… Palestine, as it was at the time. It’s a really exciting period.

A lot of people don’t know how involved Britain was in the formation of Israel. It has parallels to what’s going on in Israel today but also to Afghanistan and Iraq in the sense that the British are there sort of policing it.

Not really being political and sometimes favoring one side over the other – sometimes being seen as the Jewish people as favoring the Arabs, sometimes seen by the Arabs as favoring the Jewish people…”

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