10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

A Private War (2019 Feature Film)

Matthew Heineman | United Kingdom, USA | 2018 | color | DCP | 110′ | English | n.s.

The gripping story of war reporter Marie Colvin, whose idealism and commitment to show the world the gruesome reality of war eventually led to serious psychiatric traumas. An excellent role by Rosamund Pike, who portrays the influential reporter with all her fervor and humanity.

Marie Colvin (1956-2012) wasn’t particularly interested in ’embedded journalism’. The war correspondent for The Sunday Times did not remain obediently behind the lines, but penetrated to the flaming core of armed conflicts. She stood on battlefields in East Timor, Chechnya, Libya and Sierra Leone, among others. There, she revealed war crimes and personal suffering, and interviewed rebel leaders and dictators. She lost an eye in Sri Lanka during a grenade attack. In the end, a bombardment during the siege of the Syrian city of Homs cost her her life.

Colvin was driven by a primeval sense of being a reporter: seeking truth with a large dose of humanism. But her work also demanded sacrifice. She tried to soothe the traumatizing misery she faced every day with sex and alcohol. Real relationships never lasted very long. Rosamund Pike plays Marie Colvin as a woman who has been penetrated to her very core by war. An impressive role.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 21:15

Duration: 1:22

Year in



Matthew Heineman


Robert Richardson


Rosamund Pike
Jamie Dornan
Tom Hollander
Stanley Tucci


United Kingdom


Nick Fenton






H. Scott Salinas
Annie Lennox


Basil Iwanyk
Marissa McMahon
Matthew George
Matthew Heineman
Charlize Theron

Production Company

Kamala Films
Thunder Road Films
Savvy Media Holdings
Denver & Delilah Films

Production Design

Sophie Becher


Alex Walton


Arash Amel

Year of Production


Matthew HEINEMAN (1983, Verenigde Staten) is een Academy Award genomineerde en Emmy Award-winnende filmmaker, gevestigd in New York City. Hij studeerde in 2005 af aan het Dartmouth College met een diploma Geschiedenis. Hij ontdekte het filmmaken terwijl hij en zijn vrienden een road trip maakten door de VS. Hij heeft tweemaal de Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award gewonnen van de Directors Guild of America. Hij is een van slechts drie regisseurs die tweemaal deze prestigieuze eer hebben gekregen.



Our Time (2009, doc), The Alzheimer’s Project (2009, series), Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012, doc), Cartel Land (2015, doc), City of Ghosts (2017, doc), A Private War (2018), The Trade (2018)