Julian Schnabel

Wiener On Weiner: Two Intermarried Hot Dogs

First, let’s get this important fact out of the way. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens) and I are not related.

And while we both pronounce our somewhat discordant surnames WEEner, not WHYner, he spells it the wrong way. I mean, a different way.

Julian and Juliano: "Miral" and the Death of an Actor

Earlier this week the Israeli-Arab actor and peace activist Juliano Mer Khamis, 52, was shot dead, presumably by Palestinian militants.  The New York Times had a moving story about the funeral for Mer Khamis held on Wednesday, reporting that the Israeli government allowed his coffin to be taken briefly to the edge of a West Bank checkpoint. They made the gesture so his Palestinian supporters could pay their respects, as they were not permitted to go to his burial inside Israel.

Julian Schnabel On ‘Miral’ And The Conflict

04/07/2011
Staff Writer

For Julian Schnabel, the storm that followed the release of his new film, “Miral,” about a Palestinian woman who joins the first intifada, has not quite passed.

A week before the film debuted in late March, prominent Jewish groups criticized Schnabel, whose film was screened at the United Nations main hall. The American Jewish Committee, for instance, said that the film has “a clear political message, which portrays Israel in a highly negative light.”

Julian Schnabel with Freida Pinto during the making of "Miral."

Hadassah Son Meets Iman's Daughter

Before you use up your allotted 20 free New York Times articles (although, as a journalist, I must encourage you to subscribe and pony up anyway), check out the following articles:

This one, a Q&A (by former Jerusalem bureau chief Deborah Sontag) with Julian Schnabel, the pajama-clad Jewish director of the film, "Miral," which opens tomorrow in New York and has already garnered criticism/condemnation from Jewish groups and bad reviews from The Jewish Week and elsewhere.

Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ Falls Flat

Ponderousness, more than anti-Israel bias, is problem with the film based on Palestinian novel.

03/22/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Let’s get the controversy out of the way immediately: Anyone who finds Julian Schnabel’s new film “Miral” to be any more pro-Palestinian or anti-Israeli than dozens of other recent films about Israel’s policies in the West Bank hasn’t been getting out much.

Frieda Pinto as Miral. She is wearing the school uniform of the Dar Al-Tifel Institute.
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