“There were 400,000 men trapped in one place on a beach — their backs to the sea, the enemy closing in all around them, and it’s just a matter of time before they face surrender or annihilation,” says “Dunkirk” writer, director and producer Christopher Nolan about the harrowing true story (watch above). “And the fact that this story does not end in either surrender or annihilation is what makes it one of the greatest stories in human history, and one which I’ve been wanting to tell for quite some time.” The film opened on July 21.
“Dunkirk” is the first true story Nolan has told on-screen. He had a career breakthrough in 2001 with the indie film “Memento,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination for his innovative screenplay which tells the story of a man with short-term memory loss in reverse order. Since then he has transitioned into brainy, big-budget blockbusters, with his films “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Prestige” (2006), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “Inception” (2010) and “Interstellar” (2014) all earning Oscar nominations, but none for him as a director — though “Inception” did earn him a couple more bids: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.