An upcoming HBO film directed by multiple Academy Award nominee Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Right Stuff) from a script by Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Barbara Turner (The Company, Pollock). It stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) and Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole), and co-stars Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Molly Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Parker Posey, Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, Diane Baker, Tony Shalhoub, and Joan Chen (陈冲).
Kidman plays journalist Martha Gellhorn, a celebrated war correspondent and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway (Owen). The story trails their passionate, often rocky relationship during the Spanish Civil War and beyond. “Even though Hemingway is synonymous with manly virtue, she outdid him in many ways,” says Kaufman. “Her boldness and fearlessness were way ahead of their times.”
Retelling the story of one of America’s most famous literary couples, the movie begins in 1936 when the pair first met in a bar in Florida. He was already a famous writer and she was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. Their five-year marriage first saw them travel to Spain to record some of the most famous reports on the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Gellhorn was the only woman to ask Hemingway for a divorce and she inspired him to write his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.