Here’s the trailer for Carlos. Directed by Olivier Assayas, it’s a biopic about notorious terrorist and assassin Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, who waged a campaign of terror via bombings, shootings and other acts of violence on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). His most notorious crime was the raid against the Viennese OPEC headquarters. He’s currently serving life in prison in France for the murder of two counter-intelligence agents.
Less stylized-looking than the other recent criminal biopic, Mesrine (see Prisco’s review of Part 1 here and Part 2 here), Carlos supposedly takes an in-depth and honest look at Sánchez and his activities. I’m always a little leery of biopics about truly horrible criminals, and all politics aside, there’s no denying that Sánchez killed and injured a shocking number of people, many of them innocent noncombatants.
Carlos has been getting rave reviews since it premiered at Cannes this year. It was originally released as a TV miniseries abroad on the French cable station Canal+, and is coming to the US via IFC Films. The full 5 and 1/2 hour series will be released on the Sundance Channel and in selected theaters, and an abridged version will be on IFC On-Demand.
Take a look: