A passionate post 9/11 love story: an older woman with a young Muslim man, in a world where security is paramount and nothing is quite what it seems.
Frankie is part of the war-machine, a successful aerospace engineer designing drones for the military. When she meets Kahil, a French-Algerian student, she embarks on a passionate affair and for the first time in her life she utterly, thrillingly, loses control. One morning at work, she’s detained by the security services and told that Kahil is a “person of interest”. She discovers that she has unwittingly crossed a line from control and security into a nightmare world of suspicion and accusation. She now realises how little she knows of this man. But her love proves stronger than her mistrust, and she tries to find a way to protect her lover. Finally she discovers to her cost that betrayal always comes from those closest to us.
Flying Blind is the first feature film by young Polish director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, whose short film, Hanoi-Warsaw, won the 2010 European Film Award for Best Short.
A multinational cast includes Helen McCrory (Hugo, Skyfall, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), French-Algerian Najib Oudghiri (Rendition, The Wedding Song), Kenneth Cranham (Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie).
The screenplay credit is shared by Naomi Wallace (Lawn Dogs, The War Boys), Bruce McLeod (The War Boys), and Bristol-based writer Caroline Harrington.
Behind the camera is Polish Director of Photography Andrzej Wojciechowski, Klimkiewicz’s long time collaborator, and DoP on Hanoi-Warsaw.
Produced by Alison Sterling, an Ignition Pictures/iFeatures production, Flying Blind is a South West Screen and BBC Films presentation in association with Matador Pictures, Cinema Six, Regent Capital and City of Bristol. ContentFilm is handling worldwide sales.