Carlos: Special Roadshow Edition

Friday, October 15 - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Through Tue Nov 2 only! The full 330-minute film — admission includes a program book and free small popcorn.

Olivier Assayas electrified the Cannes Film Festival with CARLOS, his epic and definitive portrait of the notorious international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, who masterminded a wave of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East in the ’70s and ’80s. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez stars in the title role. Co-written by Assayas and Dan Franck, CARLOS illustrates the evolution of contemporary terrorism as it examines the life of its title character, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Tracing the arc of Carlos’ criminal activities across two decades and several nations, the film features a dynamic cast of international talent and was shot in numerous countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, and Morocco.

“[An] epic achievement… Nothing I’ve encountered on any size screen matches the lucidity of this fact-based fiction—it amounts to a textbook on state-sponsored terrorism—and nothing I’ve seen in recent years has held my attention so relentlessly. CARLOS also stood as a textbook case of the total immersion that one can enjoy only in a theatrical setting.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“An event… an outrageous political gangster film… possibly the most universally admired movie among the Cannes Film Festival’s official selections. – J. Hoberman, Film Comment

“An astonishing film… In what is certainly his best work, French director Olivier Assayas adopts a fleet, ever-propulsive style that creates an extraordinary you-are-there sense of verisimilitude, while Edgar Ramirez inhabits the title role with the arrogant charisma of Brando in his prime…The film’s scope, range and ambition are incredible.” – Todd McCarthy

  • Country France/Germany
  • Language In Spanish, French, English, German, and Arabic with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2010
  • Running Time 330 minutes
  • Director Olivier Assayas

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