ALAN BATES, MATT CRAVEN, NOAM JENKINS, JOHN NEVILLE, AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING JOIN MICHAEL CAINE, JEREMY NORTHAM AND TILDA SWINTON IN THE STATEMENT
March 6, 2003, Toronto. Producer Robert Lantos announced today, Academy Award nominee Alan Bates (Evelyn, Gosford Park, The Fixer), Matt Craven (The Life of David Gale, The Clearing), Noam Jenkins (John Q, Highwaymen), John Neville (Spider, Sunshine), Charlotte Rampling (Under the Sand, The Wings of The Dove) will join Academy Award winner Michael Caine (The Quiet American, The Cider House Rules), Jeremy Northam (Martin and Lewis, Gosford Park) and Tilda Swinton (Adaptation, The Deep End) in the political thriller The Statement directed by Norman Jewison, from a screenplay by Academy Award nominee Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, The Dresser), based on the novel by Brian Moore of the same name. Principal photography starts in Paris on March 31st.
“I am in awe of the extraordinary array of talent assembled for this film.” said producer Robert Lantos. The Statement shines a light on some of the darkest corners of the religious and political establishment. Set in modern day France, it is the story of Pierre Brossard (Caine) who, as a young man was a war criminal under the Vichy regime. Brossard has never been brought to trial and has lived a peaceful and anonymous life sheltered by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church. A new investigation into his crimes is launched and Brossard finds himself the target of hit men on the one hand and police investigators on the other. A wily old fox, he keeps outwitting his pursuers while desperately trying to figure out who they are.
The Statement is a Canada/UK/France co-production with Company Pictures and BBC Films in the UK and Odessa Films in France. The Statement will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the US and by THINKFilm in Canada. The film has been pre-sold extensively in international markets by Summit Entertainment. Some of the leading independent distributors who will be releasing the film in their respective territories include Momentum Pictures in the UK, BAC Films in France, Gussi in Latin America, Filmax in Spain, Nordisk in Scandinavia and Sony in Australia.