A Minute with: Julian Schnabel on Palestinian Film… Which May Be His Last


NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Julian Schnabel, maker of films such as “Basquiat”, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Before Night Falls”, says his latest film is the one he most wants people to see and could be his last. In the film, “Miral,” starring Freida Pinto and set to open in the United States on Friday, Schnabel tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by adapting the semi-autobiographical book of the same name by Rula Jebreal, a Palestinian journalist who grew up in east Jerusalem. The film has had some positive outcomes for Schnabel, 59, who is Jewish. It recently scored a PG-13 rating and Jebreal, 37, is now his girlfriend. But the film received a lackluster response at film festivals last year and has been reedited. Schnabel, a director and painter, talked to Reuters about the story of three generations of Palestinian