OVERVIEW:An eager young soldier is tossed into a war zone, but one where there is no gunfire or explosions, but only the never-ending battle against the human spirit, in the powerful and compelling
CAMP X-RAY. Starring Kristen Stewart in a performance beyond anything she has done before, the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films via MPI Media Group on June 2, 2015.
Featuring standout performances by Stewart and Moaadi, CAMP X-RAY is an incisive look at a conflict that is far from simply good vs. evil. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "riveting" and said, "There isn't a moment Kristen Stewart's onscreen where she isn't completely transfixing." The film features "strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door," said Bruce Ingram of the Chicago Sun-Times. "Phenomenal performances from Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi," praised Chris Sawin of Examiner.com. Jason Gorber of Twitch called it "a remarkable film."
J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote: "Writer-director Peter Sattler ... grounds his story in the cold operational detail of Gitmo, showing how the soldiers there administer the legal limbo of indefinite detention and insulate themselves from the cruelty and injustice of what they're doing." Ron Wilkinson of Monsters and Critics called the film "a lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least."
SYNOPSIS: Hoping to escape her small-town roots and make a difference in the world, Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart, Twilight, On the Road, Clouds of Sils Maria) joins the military and is soon assigned a guard position at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Upon her arrival at the Cuban compound, she is told that those being held are not prisoners, but detainees, and therefore are not subject to the Geneva Convention - a suggestion that she may witness (or take part in) all manner of abuse. She is punched in the face and spit on from day one, but she remains strong in her resolve to be a good soldier. Surrounded by hostile jihadists as well as aggressive squad mates, she discovers that her mission is far from the black-and-white job she thought it would be.
CAMP X-RAY - the first feature from writer-director Peter Sattler, formerly a graphic designer on such films as Walk the Line and Star Trek - focuses on Cole's relationship with one detainee in particular. Ali Amir
(Peyman Moaadi of the Oscar-winning A Separation) has been held at Guantanamo for eight years and is desperate for human interaction. As Cole makes her rounds checking cells - not to prevent the inmates' escape, but to keep them from committing suicide - she is continually harangued by the angry Ali. They argue over everything (including the final Harry Potter novel), but their antagonism toward each other eventually develops into a mutual respect. Cole begins to sympathize with Ali and to realize the part she is taking in dehumanizing him. It's an ethical quagmire that may lead to an unlikely bond between the two sworn rivals.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio
English SDH, Latin Spanish
Making of featurette