There was a bit of controversy when Helen Mirren was named to star as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in the new biopic, Golda. But let’s be honest; when you have a chance to land one of the best actresses in the world to star in your film, you take it. And so far, early reviews out of Berlin have heralded her performance, making this one to keep an eye out for when it arrives next month.
Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv, Golda centers on Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, and her handling of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The film also stars Camille Cottin, Liev Schreiber, Emma Davies, and Ed Stoppard.
Here’s the synopsis: Golda is a ticking-clock thriller set during the tense 19 days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Helen Mirren), faced with the potential of Israel’s complete destruction, must navigate overwhelming odds, a skeptical cabinet, and a complex relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Liev Schreiber), with millions of lives in the balance. Her tough leadership and compassion would ultimately decide the fate of her nation and leave her with a controversial legacy around the world.
Golda opens in theaters on August 25th.