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The Fifth Estate
Archived: The Fifth Estate (2013)

director: Bill Condon

composer: Carter Burwell
With: Benedict Cumberbatch (Julian Assange), Carice van Houten (Birgitta Jónsdóttir), Daniel Brühl (Daniel Domscheit-Berg), Anthony Mackie (Sam Coulson), Stanley Tucci (James Boswell), Alicia Vikander (Anke), Peter Capaldi (Alan Rusbridger), Dan Stevens (Ian Katz), Laura Linney (Sarah Shaw), David Thewlis (Nick Davies), Moritz Bleibtreu (Marcus), a.o.

duration: 124 minutes
American Paranoia , Belgian Cinema Today , Biography, Thriller

Gala Premières and special events
Film Fest Gent - The Fifth Estate

The 40th Film Fest Gent will open with The Fifth Estate, a compelling thriller driven by a masterful performance by British superstar Benedict Cumberbatch. Bill Condon's biopic about the rise and fall of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a true 21st-century saga about technology, politics and social responsibility. Once an unremarkable programmer, he is now one of the most prominent enemies of the United States: Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the controversial spokesman of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The Fifth Estate reveals the history of WikiLeaks through the eyes of Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), one of Assange's first supporters and also his former right-hand man. Bill Condon (the director of Gods and Monsters and Kinsey) based this exciting portrait on Berg's biography Inside WikiLeaks and an exposé by The Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. In the best tradition of factual thrillers such as David Fincher's The Social Network, he focuses on the friendship between Berg and Assange and how, thanks to the website's rapid rise to fame, they become global stars almost overnight. It also shows how they are finally driven apart by the biggest information leak in the history of the United States. More than just an absorbing and topical thriller, The Fifth Estate is a drama with Shakespearean touches. Cumberbatch (from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Parade's End, which were both shown at the film festival) portrays Assange as a character who is as intelligent as he is tyrannical and vulnerable. German actor Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!) shines as his faithful lieutenant, who increasingly begins to doubt Assange because of his manipulative techniques. Another familiar face is that of the Dutch Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten, in a supporting role as a member of the Icelandic parliament who acts as the spokeswoman for the controversial internet activist.


director: Bill Condon
composer: Carter Burwell
producer: Bard Dorros
screenplay: Josh Singer, based on the books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh & Luke Harding
Editor: Virginia Katz
Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler
sound: Warren Shaw

production company: Anonymous Content

More info

subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
Country: United States of America - Belgium
year: 2013

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BILL CONDON (1955): Sister, Sister (1987), Murder 101 (1991, TV movie), White Lie (1991, TV movie), Dead in the Water (1991, TV movie), Deadly Relations (1993, TV movie), The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1994, TV movie), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Gods and Monsters (1998), The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale (1999, video documentary short), The Others (2000, TV serie, director of 1 episode), Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006), The… Show more

Technical Specs

format: DCP

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