‘Hurt Locker’ scribe Mark Boal up for Venice award

Posted by · 4:30 pm · August 26th, 2009

Mark BoalI had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Boal, the celebrated journalist and screenwriter of “The Hurt Locker,” over a beer in London last week, and was glad to find him as alert and interesting a subject as the film he wrote. (The interview will crop up on these pages soon, by the way.)

So as awards season unfolds over the coming months, I’ll be cheering every bit of recognition that comes his way. And the first such citation, neatly enough, comes at the place where “The Hurt Locker” made its first appearance nearly a year ago: the Venice Film Festival.

Variety reports that Boal has been shortlisted for the Gucci Group Award, a prize presented during the festival since 2006 to honor outstanding cinematic achievement by individuals from outside the world of film. Should he win, he’ll be in excellent company: previous recipients include Julian Schnabel (for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and Steve McQueen (“Hunger”).

Like those two men, Boal’s fellow nominees also hail from the visual arts: renowned photographer Yann- Arthus Bertrand (best known for his “Earth From Above” collection of aerial photographs) and artists Pipilotti Rist and Shirin Neshat. The jury determining the award, meanwhile, is an eclectric bunch, ranging from Patricia Clarkson to fashion photographer Mario Testino.

Anyway, congratulations (and good luck) to Boal. One of the good guys.

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  • 1 8-26-2009 at 5:52 pm

    El Rocho said...

    This is for any one of you guys, not that it matters much, and I didn’t know how to contact you, but I stumbled upon a neat article:


    Thought this would interest you.
    And for argument’s sake, they don’t even look alike! I’d say it’s more like a LOTR orc then anything else, but still….

  • 2 8-26-2009 at 8:54 pm

    McGuff said...

    I give Mark a ton of credit for not infusing any agenda into a war script, which is more than others can say (like, um, Paul Haggis with Boal’s story in 2007’s “In the Valley of Elah”). Guy, I wonder if you asked him if the successful Vietnam movies of the late 70s gave him any help in terms of framework. This film, to me, almost served as a tribute back to when this genre could succeed.

  • 3 8-26-2009 at 9:17 pm

    Zac said...

    I was supposed to see The Hurt Locker tonight, but got called into work. Tomorrow night was supposed to be the last night it was here in town and I have to work, but the local art house theater is holding it over for another week, so I’ll be able to see it Saturday night.

  • 4 8-27-2009 at 3:30 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    McGuff: It certainly came up in the conversation.