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Critics Say “The Way Back” is Oscar-Worthy

Newmarket Films’ The Way Back (PG-13) is about a group of multi-national prisoners during World War II who escape a Siberian gulag, traveling 4,000 miles across five countries. The story follows them through their epic journey across mountains and deserts as they battle the perils of nature and starvation.

The Way Back, based on Slawomir Rawiez’s memoir “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom”,  is scheduled for limited release Dec. 29 in Los Angeles and will hit theatres everywhere else on January 21.

The film’s director Peter Weir also directed Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Dead Poets Society, and The Truman Show.

Director Peter Weir

Although Weir has not won an Academy Award for any of his films, critics say The Way Back has the Oscar-winning potential for best picture. Hopefully this film will be Weir’s breakthrough.

The film’s cast includes multiple acclaimed actors. Jim Sturgress known for his lead roles in 21 and Across the Universe;  Colin Farrell, who starred in The New World, Maimi Vice, and Alexander; Saoirse Ronan from The Lovely Bones and Atonement; Mark Strong from Sherlock Holmes and The Young Victoria; Copying Beethoven’s Ed Harris will all star in this film.

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