IN A NUTSHELL
Helen Mirren takes the lead role as Golda Meir in Golda, a thriller based on the events of the Yom Kippur War. The preview strongly highlights Meir’s resolve to safeguard her homeland, even if it means potential desertion by the United States. Golda delves into the contentious legacy of Meir, Israel’s inaugural female Prime Minister, and the obstacles she encountered as a woman in a position of power, particularly the diminished respect she received.
The year is turning out to be incredibly rewarding for Helen Mirren as she prepares for her next major screen appearance. On August 25, she will be portraying Golda Meir in the much-anticipated feature film Golda, produced by Bleecker Street. This biopic, focusing on its eponymous character, was first unveiled in February at the Berlin Film Festival. Now, the official trailer for Golda has been released.
As stated, Golda is a narrative of Golda Meir, Israel’s first woman Prime Minister. Set in the year 1973, Golda is presented as “a high-stakes thriller” that captures the critical 19 days of the Yom Kippur War, a period when Israel was teetering on the edge of a complete breakdown. Thus, Meir is confronted with the enormous task of overcoming formidable odds, a sceptical cabinet, and a complex relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Liev Schreiber). Despite all this, Meir displays a blend of empathy and robust leadership that would shape Israel’s future, leaving her with a “globally disputed legacy.”
The trailer immediately sets the tone of urgency, with alarm sirens sounding as Meir participates in a press briefing, explaining the current situation. Mirren’s portrayal embodies Meir’s leadership and empathy as she navigates through various government sectors to defend her homeland, going as far as declaring that if “the Americans abandon us, I will not be captured alive.” The blending of archival and original film footage further amplifies the challenges Meir, the government, and Israel as a nation must grapple with. The preview also underscores Meir’s status as a woman in authority and the lack of respect she faces.
Image courtesy of Bleecker Street
Helen Mirren To Play Author Patricia Highsmith In ‘Switzerland’
The Brains Behind Golda
Golda was penned by Nicholas Martin (Florence Foster Jenkins) and directed by Oscar winner Guy Nattiv (recognized for his short film Skin). Producers include Martin, Michael Kuhn, and Jane Hooks. The cast also features Camille Cottin (Call My Agent) as Meir’s personal aide Lou Kaddar, Rami Heuberger (Schindler’s List) as Meir’s Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan, and Lior Ashkenazi (Foxtrot) as the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Force David Elazar, among others.
Golda hits the theaters on August 25. Check out the trailer below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Helen Mirren Golda
Who does Helen Mirren portray in the film ‘Golda’?
Helen Mirren portrays Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister of Israel, in the film ‘Golda’.
What is the film ‘Golda’ about?
‘Golda’ is a thriller set during the 19 critical days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, highlighting Golda Meir’s leadership as Israel faced potential collapse. The film also explores Meir’s controversial legacy and the challenges she faced as a woman in power.
When does the film ‘Golda’ premiere?
The film ‘Golda’ premieres on August 25, 2023.
Who else is in the cast of ‘Golda’?
Other notable cast members of ‘Golda’ include Liev Schreiber as US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Camille Cottin as Meir’s personal assistant Lou Kaddar, Rami Heuberger as Meir’s Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan, and Lior Ashkenazi as Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Force David Elazar.
Who are the creators of the film ‘Golda’?
‘Golda’ was written by Nicholas Martin and directed by Academy Award-winner Guy Nattiv. The film was produced by Martin, Michael Kuhn, and Jane Hooks. The feature film is a Bleecker Street production.
What’s the significance of Helen Mirren’s role in ‘Golda’?
Helen Mirren’s role in ‘Golda’ is significant as it portrays Golda Meir’s determination to protect her country and her leadership during a critical time in Israel’s history. It also highlights the challenges faced by a woman in power and the lesser respect she received.