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Interview with the Assassin

Neil Burger
USA 2002 / 88’

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, retired marine Walter Ohlinger asks his neighbor, unemployed cameraman Ron Kobeleski, to document his confession – that he, rather than Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the shot that killed John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. The disbelieving but nonetheless intrigued Kobeleski prods Ohlinger to provide ever more convincing evidence for his claims. Director Neil Burger’s film is more than an easy laugh at conspiracy theories. As the story develops, the director ably builds a tension worthy of the best suspense classics, pulling us into Ohlinger’s paranoid universe. Shot mainly from Kobelesky’s perspective and building up to an explosive climax, Interview with the Assassin is an enthralling exercise in genre crossover.

awards

Woodstock FF 2002 – Jury Prize; Avignon FF 2003 – Prix Tournage

Neil Burger

Connecticut native Neil Burger studied film at Yale University. He began working in experimental film before focusing on directing music videos for alternative bands. More recently, he has directed successful feature films, such as The Illusionist and Limitless, which have brought him recognition and more ample budgets for planned projects, including a Bride of Frankenstein remake, an adaptation of the video game Uncharted, and a story inspired by detective novel writer Dashiell Hammett, the creator of iconic Humphrey Bogart character Sam Spade.

Selected filmography

1991 Books: Feed Your Head (TV, short)

2002 Wywiad z zabójcą / Interview with the Assassin

2006 Iluzjonista / The Illusionist

2008 Szczęśliwy powrót / The Lucky Ones

2011 Jestem Bogiem / Limitless

Cast & Crew

director Neil Burger
screenplay Neil Burger
cinematography Richard Rutkowski
editing Brad Fuller
sound Tony Martinez, Erik Magnus, Daniel Perlin
cast Raymond J. Barry, Dylan Haggerty, Renee Faia, Kelsey Kemper, Dennis Lau
producer Brian Koppelman, David Levien
production Interview Productions, Magnolia Pictures
sales Content Media Corporation
language English
colouration colour