Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Hurt Locker

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Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for this palpably paranoid and claustrophobic evocation of the Iraq War, starring Jeremy Renner as the cavalier leader of a team of military bomb-disposal experts.

Shot in Jordan just miles from the Iraqi border, and featuring a series of breathtakingly tense set pieces, this immediate and unsanitised film – shot handheld on Super 16 by Barry Ackroyd – gives viewers a boots-on-the-ground perspective on the physical and psychological toll wrought by a futile war.

With Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.

During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.

Screenings will commence slightly earlier at 6.30pm.