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Exclusive: Director Julian Schnabel Talks The Controversy & Criticism Of ‘Miral’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:34 AM
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Controversy is nothing new for artist/director Julian Schnabel. When he stormed onto the art scene in the early ‘80s with his plate paintings, he drew criticism for his self-proclaimed importance and the infamous quote, “I’m the closest thing to Picasso you’ll see in this *#@ life.” When he later built his Palazzo Chupi in the West Village, styled after a Northern Italian palazzo and painted bright pink, the Greenwich Village for Historic Preservation called the structure, "woefully out of context and a monument to this guy's ego." So it should come as little surprise that Schnabel recently stirred controversy in the film and political landscape with the release of “Miral,” based on the book by Schnabel’s girlfriend Rula Jebreal about a Palestinian girl growing up in the midst of the endlessly bloody Arab-Israeli Conflict. Criticized as anti-semitic and pro-Palestinian, it drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.

Exclusive: Julian Schnabel Planning ‘In The Hand Of Dante’ With Johnny Depp As Next Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 5:37 AM
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We just got off the phone with director/artist Julian Schnabel ("Basquiat," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), who is currently doing press for the Blu-ray/DVD release of his controversial 2010 release, “Miral,” based on the novel by Rula Jebreal about a Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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