Although director Christopher Nolan has tackled time-bending science fiction (Interstellar) and Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy), his latest effort may be his most ambitious feature to date. The WWII set Dunkirk centers on the rescue of 338,000 Allied Troops in the beaches of France. Surrounded by German aircraft with just sand as their main protection, these soldiers raced against time with the help of civilians to make through the English Channel.
“As for most British people, Dunkirk is a story that we grow up with,” said Nolan. “I can’t even remember the first time I was told about the events at Dunkirk in 1940. And as a storyteller you’re always looking for gaps in the culture . . . stories that should have made it into moderns film but haven’t been. It’s one of the great stories of human history.”
Click on the media bar to hear Nolan talk about the “race against time” and point of view element that drives Dunkirk:
Starring Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh, Dunkirk opens nationwide July 21.