Opening this week is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing. The Fifth Estate also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bruhl. He talked about what it’s been like having two high-profile projects at the Festival, the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative, trying to tell The Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides, his meeting with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, future projects like Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, what to do in Berlin, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
- :26 – What has the last year been like working on two big, high-profile projects back to back? Credits Inglourious Basterds with kicking off the success of a bunch of the film’s German actors.
- 1:12 – Says Ron Howard helped Bruhl get the co-lead role in The Fifth Estate. Howard showed the producers an unfinished cut of Rush.
- 2:02 – Talks about the parallels between Fifth Estate and Rush and how they eschew the use of a “good guy vs. bad guy” narrative.
- 3:45 – Trying to tell the Fifth Estate story in a realistic way without taking sides. Talks about meeting with the real Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
- 5:50 – Talks about the topical nature of The Fifth Estate.
- 7:24 – What is he looking for in future projects? Talks about receiving more scripts and projects now that his profile has risen.
- 8:30 – Says his next film will be Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, the Amanda Knox story.
- 9:33 – If people have a day in Berlin, where would he tell them to go? Talks about his Tapas bar in Kroitsberg and the appeal of Berlin in relation to other German cities. Also warns not to come in winter.