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  • Nothing But the Truth

  • Rod Lurie

108 minutes

Production Company:
Yari Film Group/Battleplan Productions
Executive Producer:
James Spies, Dennis Brown, David C. Glasser, William J. Immerman
Bob Yari, Marc Frydman, Rod Lurie
Rod Lurie
Production Designer:
Eloise Stammerjohn
Alik Sakharov
Sarah Boyd
Jay Meagher, Anna Mackenzie, Lisa Penarow
Larry Groupé
Principal Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer

US Distributor:
Yari Film Group Releasing
International Sales Agent:
Syndicate Films International

Monday September 0806:30PM ROY THOMSON HALL Add Film to MyTIFF Filmlist
Tuesday September 0904:45PM ISABEL BADER THEATRE Add Film to MyTIFF Filmlist
Friday September 1209:00PM VISA SCREENING ROOM (ELGIN) Add Film to MyTIFF Filmlist

Loosely based on recent true events and featuring breakout performances from Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga, this crackling thriller inspires as it follows one woman's fight for her principles against the might of Washington power.

Beckinsale plays Rachel Armstrong, a journalist sitting on the story of a lifetime. She has uncovered the identity of a covert CIA agent, Erica Van Doren (Farmiga), who may have angered a compromised White House. Erica's little girl attends the same school as Rachel's son; the women know each other only from the soccer field. Pushed by her editor (Angela Bassett) to break the story, Rachel writes an article that shakes the government and the CIA to its core. And as far as Erica is concerned, Rachel has endangered her very life.

So when Rachel stands by her story and refuses to reveal her source, the stranglehold of Washington authority seizes hold of her. The government's prosecutor (Matt Dillon) attacks her credibility and resolve. Her lawyer, played by Alan Alda with a delicious insider sense of how power works, tries and fails to clear her. Judged in contempt of court, she is thrown into jail with common criminals.

It is here that Nothing But the Truth finds its perfect balance between the political and the personal. Rachel is caught up in huge and threatening geopolitical forces, but they play out in the day-to-day details of her domestic life. Imprisoned indefinitely, she begins to lose touch with her husband, played with deft complexity by David Schwimmer. And as her refusal to reveal her source escalates a conflict between the White House and CIA agent Erica, these two women find themselves on the front line of a much bigger war.

Rod Lurie's brisk, stylish direction keeps the story charging forward, but this is a rare thriller that devotes real time to character. It makes for an intense and engaging film that compels us to question how far we would go to stand up for what we believe in.

Rod Lurie was born in Israel and grew up in Connecticut and Hawaii. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and worked as a freelance journalist while serving in the US Army. He later became a film critic for various Los Angeles-based magazines and radio programmes before venturing into filmmaking. He has directed the feature films Deterrence (99), The Contender (00), The Last Castle (01), Resurrecting the Champ (07) and Nothing But the Truth (08).

Cadillac People's Choice Award