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Backstabbing for Beginners

PITCH

Inspired by Michael Soussan’s critically acclaimed memoir “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy” the film tells the story of Michael (Theo James), a young idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program. He is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power- hungry countries are circling Iraq’s oil reserves like sharks. He seeks answers from the one person he thinks he can trust, Pasha (Ben Kingsley), his boss, a seasoned diplomat. The more Michael learns, however, the more he suspects a conspiracy at the highest level. The only way out will be to expose it all – risking his own life, his mentor’s career, and the life of the Kurdish woman he loves.

Read about the Danish shoot here.

 

 

CAST

Michael:

Pasha:

Nashim:

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Theo James

Ben Kingsley

Belcim Bilgin

David Dencik

 

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Per Fly

Daniel Pyne & Per Fly

Lars Knudsen (DK), Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen (DK), Jay Van Hoy (IR) & Malene Blenkov (DK)

Brendan Steacy (CA)

Niels Sejer Pedersen (DK)

 

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Creative Alliance

Scythia (CA), Houndstooth (US) and Eyeworks Scandinavia (SE)

Feature film

Political thriller

Expected premiere: 

Beginning of 2017