|Amenabar directs Rachel Weisz in Agora
Next to Pedro Almodovar, Oscar-winning director Alejandro Amenábar is arguably today's most famous and successful Spanish filmmaker. A film school dropout at 23, his career has rocketed since his first feature, Thesis.
With such films as The Sea Inside, Open Your Eyes, and The Others, Amenábar has alternated between Spain and Hollywood, carving a reputation for himself as a jack-of-all trades filmmaker with a style all his own - one that he shows off in his latest film, the epic Agora.
His biggest project to date, Agora, starring Rachel Weisz, is a drama set in ancient Egypt. It follows philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and the two men who vie for her love. But essentially, it is about the fall on an empire, set at a time of a Christian uprising against the ruling Romans.
FPS correspondent Lama Matta talks to Amenábar as he argues that his film is a warning not to repeat history through fanaticism.
|Woody Harrelson in The Messenger
He will always be remembered as Woody, the lovably dim bartender from the long-running sitcom Cheers, but over the past two decades, Woody Harrelson has carved out an impressive film career as an often prickly leading man.
And with his latest, The Messenger, about a veteran soldier whose job it is to hand-deliver death notices to relatives of fallen soldiers, he scored his second Oscar nomination.
Harrelson speaks to Amanda Palmer about reconciling his portrayal of a soldier with his strident anti-war views, and goes on to discuss global politics in the outspoken manner to which both his fans and detractors have become accustomed.
This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday, March 4, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600, 1630; Friday: 0130, 0830; Saturday: 1130, 2330; Sunday: 0630, 2030; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1930; Wednesday: 0300.
Source: Al Jazeera