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Carlos

The man who hijacked the world

Carlos the Jackal (born Illich Ramírez Sánchez) first achieved notoriety for a 1975 raid on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, resulting in the deaths of three people. For many years, he was one of the most wanted fugitives in the world. He is now serving a life sentence in La Santé Prison in Paris for the murder of two French agents of the DST (counter-intelligence) and an alleged informant. Olivier Assayas’s best movies, be they ensemble dramas (Late August, Early September and Summer Hours) or twisted genre thrillers (Demonlover, Boarding Gate) feature a restless, nervous vitality, seeking insights into the fragility and fluidity of identities, whether individual, familial or national. In Carlos, Assayas follows the legendary international terrorist Carlos the Jackal (the witty and charismatic Edgar Ramírez) at breakneck speed, tracking the protagonist’s journeys, strategy sessions, negotiations, escapes and love affairs. His film describes the amorality of political alliances and the disintegration of all ideological conviction. Carlos, a fully modern antihero, gradually becomes a symbol of the postmodern political chaos we all inhabit. Shot in seven countries and eleven languages, and breathtakingly precise, Carlos is Assayas’s masterpiece to date.
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Directed by: 
Olivier Assayas
Running Time: 
165
Country(ies): 
France, Germany
Language: 
English, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, English Subtitles
Starring: 
Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Beyer, Anna Thalbach, Susanne Wuest
Screenplay by: 
Olivier Assayas, Dan Franck

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