‘No Time To Die’ Director Films Ukraine War Relief Efforts
Cary Fukunaga is the first American to direct a James Bond film (“No Time to Die” from 2021) and was also behind the camera for Apple TV+’s upcoming World War II drama “Masters of the Air.”
Currently, Fukunaga is working with chef José Andrés and the non-profit organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) to help families displaced by war in Ukraine and has recorded the efforts on his personal Instagram page.
Andrés first learned his cooking skills during his mandatory military service in his home country of Spain. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he founded WCK to provide meals to people affected by natural disasters. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he converted several of his marquee restaurants in New York and Washington, DC, into soup kitchens.
WCK now runs eight emergency kitchens on the Ukraine-Poland border, which is why Fukunaga traveled to the area. He traveled to Kyiv to document the conditions of citizens under fire and chronicled WCK relief efforts.
Unlike many Hollywood directors, Fukunaga has camera skills and acted as his own cinematographer on Netflix’s excellent African war film “Beasts of No Nation.” The images he publishes are as striking as they are instructive. He is also a screenwriter and his descriptions of the people and situations he records are just as moving as the images he captures with his camera.
Fukunaga worked with producer Steven Spielberg on “Masters of the Air,” and the pair are scheduled for another collaboration on the upcoming HBO series “Napoleon,” which will be based on the life of the French general and an unmade film by 1969 by director Stanley Kubrick with Jack Nicholson. This film was canceled by MGM just before production began, and the filmmakers have been trying to revive the project for over 50 years. Now Fukunaga will bring this legendary lost project to the screen.
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