Nativity Story, The
PG, 2006, New Line Cinema
Oscar Isaac, Ciaran Hinds, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Hiam Abbass, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shaun Toub, Stanley Townsend
A dramatic telling of the Annunciation and the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph to give birth to baby Jesus. Filmed in the village of Matera, Italy (a locale that has remained virtually untouched by modern progress and also served as the backdrop for The Passion of the Christ), Hardwicke's film strives for authenticity in telling the Bible's most treasured tale.