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Paul Greengrass on the “optimism” of his latest film, “News of the World”

Director Paul Greengrass is known for his gritty and immersive films that often paint a bleak picture of contemporary life. “22 July,” his film about Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik, was no exception. But Greengrass says his latest film, “News of the World,” a western starring Tom Hanks set in the aftermath of the Civil War, is about hope during a tense time in American history. “I wanted to really explore if there was a road towards optimism,” Greengrass says of his film.