WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 06, 2018, 04.55 PM
Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali's next is a comedy-drama called 'Green Book'. Based on a true story of an uncanny friendship between an African-American classical pianist and his Italian-American driver, the film based in the 1960's America.
The film is not a biopic but is inspired by the true story about the friendship between Donald Shirley, an erudite African-American pianist, and his white chauffeur Tony Lip.
'Green Book' had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, and won over not just the audiences but also went on to win the People`s Choice Award. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film has Viggo Mortensen essaying the role of Tony Lip and Mahershala Ali essaying the role of Shirley.
Mortensen said: "This is a movie about a relationship between a black man and a white man before the Civil Rights Act, and the backdrop is one of obvious socio-economic and racial tension. In many ways, we`re facing the same problems today that are depicted in the film. There are a lot of mirror images and mirror concepts that our story deals with, between 1962 and now, and I think people will find that enlightening as well as entertaining."
Ali said: "This is a perfect film for audiences around the world because it`s about people who are different and who are able to discover their similarities and teach each other things about their differences. They`re able to accept each other. These men come from very, very different worlds and they become allies."
The film also has Don Stark and Linda Cardellini in supporting roles.
'Green Book' had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, and won over not just the audiences but also went on to win the People`s Choice Award.