PIRELLI: UMA THURMAN DEBUTS ON THE WEB WITH “MISSION ZERO”
PIRELLI’S SECOND FILM

NEW SHORT FILM PRESENTED IN NEW YORK

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, with Uma Thurman as guest star, the film required ten days of filming and three months of post production in Los Angeles

New York, January 30, 2007 – After the successful first edition, the new Pirelli short film, Mission Zero, will star Uma Thurman and be directed by Kathryn Bigelow of Strange Days and Point Break fame.

Once again Pirelli has chosen film via Internet to promote its brand and business activities.

Due to her past roles and films, Kill Bill star Uma Thurman is an actress who best represents the concept of speed and power in the collective mind of the international public. But in this edition, Uma’s speed and power will be nothing without control. Driving a fiery Lamborghini Gallardo with PZero tires, she will speed through the streets of Los Angeles to escape mysterious assassins who suddenly appear and try to kill her for no apparent reason.

The film is based on hair-raising chase scenes, but only the final scene of the clever plot will reveal the solution to a series of unexplainable events that happen to the star. Director Kathryn Bigelow gave a realistic interpretation of the script and added great emotional and psychological tension to the action scenes.

The film was shot with internationally renowned talents directly in Los Angeles, taking advantage of all the potential that the city, the home of the movie industry, has to offer. Everyone, from Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski (Oscar winner for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List) to the weapons master and post-production team, contributed to the successful outcome of this short film that has all the characteristics of the best action flicks. The result is a complete film that concentrates in just 10 minutes the best that Hollywood has to offer.

Last year choosing the Internet as the distribution channel turned out to be a great idea. Thanks to its widespread use, in just a few months the movie reached global dimensions and was accessed from 216 countries and independent territories.
There was a large number of hits from Europe and Latin America, but movie buffs and web surfers also connected from remote places like the Comore Islands and Fiji, and even from the icy Antarctica base, for more than 5,000,000 film views in less than a year (equal to a share of more than 1.1% of the entire Internet broadband population – Source:  Internet World Stats and Nielsen Net Ratings).

This year, too, the project has been the talk of the town and has encouraged people to present new scripts and ideas.

The plot

On a quiet, sunny morning in Los Angeles, Uma leaves home and goes for a spin aboard her fiery Lamborghini Gallardo with new Pirelli Pzero tires..
A kid shoots her with his water pistol. It looks like an innocent prank, but it is just the start of a dangerous game lasting eight minutes.
Two sinister guys pull up beside her, start chasing her and shooting. Uma becomes a moving target: terrified, she goes to hide in a fast food joint, but risks her life once again. Explosions, ambushes, and all sorts of unexpected events occur in a crescendo of adrenaline-pumping suspense. Uma suffers and takes risks, but her skillful driving helps get her out of trouble. And when the game gets rough…she starts enjoying it: the tension rises, but so does her ability to react. Suddenly, after she dodges a missile, the game ends. Was it reality or a fantasy?

UMA THURMAN


Uma Thurman has proven herself to be one of the most versatile young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters.  The daughter of a psychologist and a college professor, Thurman was raised in Amherst, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York.  She attended a preparatory school in New England, where at fifteen she was discovered by two New York agents.  At sixteen she transferred.

Thurman’s entrance onto the mainstream film scene began with Johnny Be Good, opposite Anthony Michael Hall.  But it was her role as the goddess Venus in Terry Gillian’s 1988 fantasy The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen which brought her international attention.  This striking and versatile actress went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of a virginal 18th century convent girl, Cecile de Volanges, seduced by John Malkovich in Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liasons.  The following year she starred opposite Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Philip Kaufman’s Henry & June playing the neurotic and exotic bisexual spouse of Henry Miller. She then played Daphne McBain; one of a trio of Babney Coleman’s spoiled children in the comedy Where The Heart Is, directed by John Boorman. In 1991, Thurman starred opposite Richard Gere and Kim Basinger as Diana, a conniving therapy patient in Phil Joanou’s thriller Final Analysis. She then reunited with Malkovich in the thriller Jennifer 8, playing Andy Garcia’s blind girlfriend, Helena.  In Mad Dog And Glory, she played a barmaid who becomes an indentured servant to Robert De Niro for saving Bill Murray’s life.  Her most eccentric movie to date is Gus Van Sant’s film, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, in which she played Sissy Hankshaw, a big-thumbed, bisexual hippie hitchhiker.

In 1996, Thurman received an Academy Award nomination for Quentin Tarantino’s critically lauded Pulp Fiction, in which she played Mia Wallace, a sexy and comedic mobster’s wife. Later that year, she was seen in the period romance A Month By The Lake, with Vanessa Redgrave and the contemporary romance Beautiful Girls directed by Ted Demme. Thurman next appeared in The Truth About Cats And Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattacca, opposite Ethan Hawke, Les Miserables with Liam Neeson and The Avengers.  In the spring of 1999, she made her stage debut in an updated version of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” at the Classic Stage Company in New York.

Her most recent films include Woody Allen’s Sweet And Lowdown, opposite Sean Penn and Samantha Morton; Vatel, opposite Gerard Depardieu and Tim Roth; the Merchant/Ivory film The Golden Bowl, with Nick Nolte, Angelica Huston and Jeremy Northam and Tape with Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in the first Installment of Quention Tarantino’s bloody action film, Kill Bill and John Woo’s thrill Paycheck.  Uma also starred in the HBO film, Hysterical Blindness, with Juliette Lewis and Gena Rowlands, which she also produced.  She won the 2003 Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Debby Miller and was nominated for a SAG Award.

Uma starred in Quention Tarantino’s bloody installments of Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.  She also starred in Mgm’s Be Cool opposite John Travolta, a sequel to the hit Get Shorty. Last year, Uma was seen in Prime opposite Meryl Streep and in Mel Brooks’ critically acclaimed film, The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Most recently Uma starred in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, opposite Luke Wilson. Uma is currently in production on her new film The Accidental Husband, which she will both star and produce.

KATHRYN BIGELOW

Born in Northern California, Kathryn Bigelow began her creative life as a painter, studying at the San Francisco Art Institute before winning a prestigious scholarship to the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her early career included work with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Susan Sontag, and a British collective called Art and Language. After assisting conceptual artist Vito Acconci, for whom she filmed slogans to run behind his performance pieces, she entered the graduate program in film studies at Columbia University.

She segued into feature filmmaking directing Willem Dafoe in The Loveless, which tells the story of a biker gang that, while en route to a race, wreaks havoc on a small town. She then went on to direct Bill Paxton in Near Dark, a stylish and atmospheric tale of modern-day vampires on the Great Plains.
She later co-wrote Blue Steel, a psychological crime thriller that caught the attention of Ed Pressman and Oliver Stone, who would go on to produce the project with Bigelow directing. The film, about a rookie cop who engages a psychopath in a game of cat and mouse, starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, and Tom Sizemore.
Her follow-up film, Point Break, was a huge box office success. Noted for its beautifully choreographed surfing and action sequences, the film helped skyrocket the relatively unknown Keanu Reeves to stardom, as he appeared alongside Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey in the story of an FBI agent, who must infiltrate a gang of surfers thought responsible for a string of bank robberies.
She then directed Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, and Vincent D’Onofrio in Strange Days, the story of a former cop turned street-hustler who accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in Los Angeles.
Her next film, The Weight of Water, followed a contemporary journalist, Jean, and her Pulitzer Prize winning author husband as they research a lurid and sensational axe murder that occurred on a remote island in New England in 1873.  It stars Academy Award winner Sean Penn, as well as Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Polley, Catherine McCormack, and Josh Lucas. 
Bigelow’s most recent feature was the true story of Russia’s ill-fated first nuclear ballistic submarine’s maiden voyage, K-19: The Widowmaker. The film follows the heroic crew as they rush to prevent a Chernobyl-like disaster that could have effectively started a nuclear war. It stars Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Peter Sarsgaard.
She is currently developing two features: An untitled Iraq War project she is co-writing and will direct that follows an elite bomb disposal unit, as they navigate a city where everyone is a potential enemy. The second project, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s bestselling novel, The Devil in the White City, follows a serial killer through the architecture of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
In addition to her film work, Bigelow has television credits that include Homicide: Life on the Streets, Karen Sisco, and the mini-series Wild Palm.
She has directed commercials for Bailey’s, Hummer, Budweiser, Ford, etc. Most recently, she completed a branding film for Pirelli Tires that stars Uma Thurman.