THE MAURITANIAN - press release

JODIE FOSTER, TAHAR RAHIM WITH SHAILENE WOODLEY AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH STAR IN THE RIVETING AND EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING TRUE STORY OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL AGAINST ALL ODDS 

 

THE MAURITANIAN 

 

GOLDEN GLOBE® WINNER BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS  

IN A MOTION PICTURE JODIE FOSTER 

 

BRING HOME ALL NEW EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT INCLUDING  
AN ALTERNATE OPENINGNEVER-BEFORE-SEEN DELETED SCENES, AND  
CAPTIVATING BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE WITH CAST AND CREW 

 

AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DIGITAL APRIL 20, 2021  

AND ON BLU-RAYTM AND DVD MAY 11, 2021 

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 

 

“DEMANDS TO BE SEEN”– JOEY MAGIDSON, AWARDS RADAR 

 

Universal City, California, April 6, 2021 – Witness the astounding and inspirational true story of one man’s decades long fight for freedom and his relentless pursuit for justice in THE MAURITANIANavailable to own on Digital April 20, 2021, Video on Demand on May 4, 2021 and on Blu-ray, DVD on May 11, 2021 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Declared “triumphant” by Clayton Davis, Variety the political thriller is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and has been hailed as one of the most important and timely films of the year 

 

Filled with deeply emotional and suspenseful moments from beginning to end, the “positively gripping” (Peter Debruge, Variety) film stars Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, Contact, Inside Manas Nancy Hollander, Slahi’s tenacious defense attorney turned ally and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Past, The Eagle) as Slahi, who deliver deeply powerful performances that garnered a Golden Globe® Award for Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture and a Golden Globe® nomination Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama. The acclaimed film has also been nominated for five BAFTA Awards including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actor. Combining masterful filmmaking with an unapologetic look at our justice system, THE MAURITANIAN on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital features exclusive bonus content including an alternate opening, deleted scenes and insightful featurettes that take viewers deeper into the gripping story of the power of courage and conviction against all odds. 

 

Directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Whitney), THE MAURITANIAN is based on the remarkable true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s fight for freedom after being imprisoned without charges for years. As a battle for justice rages and shocking truths are revealed, Slahi proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Alongside Foster and Rahim, the captivating film features incredible must-see performances from the entire supporting cast including Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Avenger’s FranchiseStar Trek Into DarknessThe Imitation Game) Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (Divergent Franchise, “Big Little Lies”, The Fault in Our Stars) and Zachary Levi (Shazam!, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Thor: The Dark World) 

 

With the purchase of THE MAURITANIAN on Blu-ray or DVD, fans are eligible to earn points towards special rewards via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, box sets, win exclusive prizes and more! For FREE registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.    

 

BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES: 

  • Alternate Opening  
  • Deleted Scenes  
  • Behind the Scenes of THE MAURITANIAN  – Get an inside look into the storytelling behind the real-life account of THE MAURITANIAN  from cast and filmmakers and meet the extraordinary real people behind the gripping story.  
  • A Look at Director Kevin Macdonald – Hear the cast and crew discuss what makes Director Kevin Macdonald the perfect person to bring this astounding tale of courage and conviction from the pages of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir to the screen.  

 

THE MAURITANIAN will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.  

  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 

 

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FILMMAKERS:  

Cast: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani with Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch 

Casting By: Nina Gold 

Original Music By: Tom Hodge 

Costume Designer: Alexandra Byrne 

Editor: Justine Wright 

Production Designer: Michael Carlin 

Director of Photography: Alwin H. KüchlerBSC 

Co-Producers: Donald SabourinMohamedou Ould SlahiLarry Siems 

Executive Producers: Micah GreenDaniel SteinmanDan FriedkinMichael BloomMaria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller, Zak Kilberg, Russell Smith, Robert Halmi, Jim ReeveRose GarnettRobert Simonds, Adam Fogelson, John Friedberg 

Produced By: Adam AcklandLeah ClarkeBenedict CumberbatchLloyd LevinBeatriz LevinMark HolderChristine HolderBranwen Prestwood Smith, Michael Bronner 

Based Upon the Book: “Guantánamo Diary” By Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Edited By: Larry Siems 

Screen Story By: M.B. Traven 

Screenplay By: M.B. Travenand Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani 

Directed By: Kevin Macdonald 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM: 

Street Date: May 11, 2021 

Selection Number: 64215462 

Layers: BD 50 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen 

Rating: Rated R for violence including a sexual assault, and language 

Languages/Sound: English – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 

Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish Subtitles 

Run Time: 2:09:33 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 

Street Date: May 11, 2021 

Selection Number: 64215463 

Layers: DVD 9 

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 

Rating: Rated R for violence including a sexual assault, and language 

Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 

Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish Subtitles 

Run Time: 2:09:33 

 

About STXFilms: 

STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a next-generation film studio that produces, acquires, distributes, and markets motion pictures at scale. From blockbusters like HustlersBad Moms, and The Upside to hits like The GentlemenMolly’s Game, and The GiftSTXfilms produces star-driven films for a global audience. In just 5 short years, its slate of films has already grossed over $1.8b in global theatrical box office. With a wide range of partners including Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Showtime (which handle the physical and premium television releases of STXfilms content, respectively), the studio is a fast-growing, industry powerhouse. 

 

For further information, please visit ErosSTX.com. 

 

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: 

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.