Curveball :- Watch Curveball on YoutubeonFire, In the lead-up to the Iraq War, defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan, aka “Curveball,” became an expert at telling his interrogators what they wanted to hear, ultimately supplying the “evidence” the George W. Bush administration needed to oust Saddam Hussein. In “War of Lies,” the notorious (mis)informer proves an equally slippery interview subject, spinning his version of events in a transparently opaque attempt to restore his reputation, if only in his own eyes. Though Alwan takes just enough accountability to appease German filmmaker Matthias Bittner, audiences are left with ample reason to doubt every word he says — but then, the facts are almost beside the point in what amounts to perhaps the most fascinating psychological exploration of truth and deceit to reach the screen since “The Impostor.” This endlessly fascinating, meta-minded project has had a healthy festival life since its premiere at IDFA last fall and should spark considerable interest with U.S. auds. Alwan has been looking to sell his story for some time, holding off not only for the right buyer, but also because of the (ultimately ironic) snarl of trust issues the expat petrochemical engineer holds toward a media that may have unfairly positioned him as the scapegoat in the Iraq War’s WMD scandal. Even if he had to pay for the privilege, booking Alwan as the subject of his graduation feature marks quite a coup for Bittner, a Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg student whose previous feature, an eye-opening look at displaced Miami sex offenders titled “Not in My Backyard,” also screened at IDFA.
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Release: 18 November 2015 (USA)
IMDB Rating : 8.5/10
Director: Brandon Thaxton
Stars : Adam Aalderks, Austin Bonds, Dwayne Boyd