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THE PRESTIGE

THE PRESTIGE marks the fifth film for CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (Director/Screenwriter). Cowritten with his brother and frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan, and starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine, the film depicts an intense rivalry between two magicians who become obsessed with outdoing one another, leading to self-destruction and murder. The Touchstone Pictures release is due in theaters October 20, 2006.

Filmmaking has been a lifelong pursuit for Nolan, who began making movies at an early age with his father's Super 8mm camera. While studying English Literature at University College of London, Nolan shot 16mm films at UCL's film society, learning the guerrilla film techniques he would later use to make his first feature, "Following.” The no-budget noir, which The New Yorker's Bruce Diones hailed as "leaner and meaner than the thrillers of Hitchcock,” enjoyed great success at international film festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, Slamdance, and Hong Kong, prior to being released theatrically in the U.S. (Zeitgeist), U.K. (Alliance), France (CCI) and various other territories.

Nolan's second feature, "Memento,” was named film of the year by the Broadcast Film Critics. Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the small-budget independent garnered a DGA Award nomination. In addition, Nolan's screenplay, based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan, received an Academy Award® nomination for best screenplay and a Golden Globe® nomination and was honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics and Broadcast Film Critics, as well as won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Nolan followed "Memento” with the critically acclaimed psychological thriller "Insomnia” for Warner Bros. Pictures, Section 8 and Witt-Thomas Films. Starring Academy Award® winners Al Pacino, Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams, the film earned Nolan the Best Director of the Year award from the London Critics Circle. In 2005, Nolan co-wrote and directed "Batman Begins,” starring Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, and Michael Caine. The blockbuster pleased critics and fans alike, reinvigorating the franchise and paving the way for the recently announced sequel, "The Dark Knight.”

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