Women + Film: The Whistleblower
USA, 2010, 112 Minute Running Time
Plays Friday, April 29th at 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Director Larysa Kondracki in-person for Q&A and reception to follow
Inspired by actual events, Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.
Presented by Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, Nestlé Raisinets, Caz Matthews and the Women + Film Founding Members
About writer/director Larysa Kondracki
While finishing the M.F.A. directing program at Columbia University, first heard about the epidemic of sex-trafficking. A Canadian-born Ukrainian, the topic resonated deeply with her. After learning of Kathryn Bolkovac’s fate, Kondracki reached out to her about telling her story, spent time with her in Amsterdam, and ultimately spent two years in Europe with co-writer, Eilis Kirwan, researching the subject of trafficking, and speaking to NGO workers and high-level United Nations, EU and OSCE representatives. This work led to the script for THE WHISTLEBLOWER.
Kondracki is currently based in Los Angeles and has written feature projects for Focus Features, HBO Films, Participant Media, and Showtime Entertainment, amongst others. She has numerous projects in development, including The Count of St. Petersburg, which she plans to direct.
Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theatre at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film Viko (08) which played at many film festivals to widespread acclaim. THE WHISTLEBLOWER is her feature directorial debut.
DIRECTOR: Larysa Kondracki
Principal Cast: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn
US Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
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