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MGM comes to the ‘Rescue Dawn’

Let the games begin! The first high profile film without a distributor to find a taker at this year’s TiFF is the Christian Bale and Steve Zahn-starrer Vietnam War drama. MGM picked up the North American rights to the project and will release the film theatrically this coming December.

Let the games begin! The first high profile film without a distributor to find a taker at this year’s TiFF is the Christian Bale and Steve Zahn-starrer Vietnam War drama. MGM picked up the North American rights to the project and will release the film theatrically this coming December.

Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn is based on the German auteur’s acclaimed 1977 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly. This tells the real-life story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, a German-American shot down and captured in Laos during the Vietnam War. Dengler, to be played by Bale, organized a death-defying escape for a small band of POWs, including Duane Martin (Zahn).

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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