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      UK’s first major Muslim film festival announces lineup

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 11:47

    Featuring stars including Riz Ahmed and Nabhaan Rizwan, the event aims to celebrate the ‘rich tapestry of Muslim experiences via the medium of film’

    The UK’s first major film festival dedicated to Muslim cinema announced its inaugural lineup on Tuesday, with a slew of award-winning films featuring the likes of Riz Ahmed and Informer’s Nabhaan Rizwan .

    Ahmed, winner of an Oscar for best live action short film, will appear in Dammi, a short film directed by Yann Demange, the French film-maker best known for Top Boy and Northern Ireland-set drama ’71. Ahmed co-stars with Isabelle Adjani in a story about a man confronting his French and Algerian heritage on a trip to Paris. Rizwan plays the lead in In Camera, a British feature directed by Naqqash Khalid that screened at the London film festival, as an actor struggling to make a career in the film industry in the face of repeated rejections.

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      Fantastic Machine review – whirlwind history shows how cameras dazzle and deceive us

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 10:00 · 1 minute

    From fake news in 1902 to livestreaming a man asleep – and everything in between, the big picture gets a bit lost

    Although being distributed in the UK with the title Fantastic Machine, this documentary about the camera through history originally had the much more prolix, pretentious and charming moniker And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine. The line is a quote attributed to Edward VII who is said to have reacted with awe when he saw a film of his own coronation – although the footage in question was not of his actual coronation but filmed by French director Georges Méliès with French actors in a Paris studio in advance, the first example of “fake news”.

    That is fitting because here directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck explore the camera and the moving image’s ability to dazzle, deceive and delight through history. That said, their thematic intent seems to be a slippery thing as the film shifts its attention across all manner of phenomena and subjects. Sometimes it feels like a cross between a film studies lecture and what happens when you leave YouTube to keep autoplaying while the all-powerful algorithm suggests more and more content.

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      Gang members fire at Bollywood star’s home in antelope killing row

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:44

    Two men from Bishnoi gang, whose leader has threatened to kill Salman Khan, arrested over Mumbai shooting

    Two members of a criminal gang have been arrested by Indian police for firing at the home of the Bollywood actor Salman Khan in retaliation for the star’s killing of two antelopes.

    The Bishnoi gang, accused of several murders and extortion rackets, hails from a wider desert-based religious sect that considers the species to be the reincarnation of their guru.

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      Max Beyond review – game tie-in with green-eyed kid jumping realities in search of brother

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:00 · 1 minute

    Max is looking for the universe in which his rescuer brother Leon survives in this British animation, but some clever variations aside, it’s slow going

    It’s been a two-way street: there are movie spin-offs of video games, and vice versa. Now comes this British animation, made at the same time as a companion game due out next year (and animated using the technology behind Fortnite). Like Blade Runner, it’s set in a futuristic American city with impossibly tall skyscrapers. Like the cult Japanese anime Akira, the storyline concerns experiments on children. Here they’re being treated at a research facility owned by an evil mega-corp where AI security guards with hi-tech machine guns keep out the protesters.

    One of the kids inside is Max, a fragile boy with huge sad green eyes (voiced by Cade Tropeano). Max has been having violent dreams in which his much older brother, tough ex-marine Leon (Dave Fennoy), tries to rescue him, blasting his way past security. Leon always dies at the end of Max’s dreams – a dozen different deaths to give gamers a taste of what’s to come. The thing is, Max is not dreaming. He’s “rifting” into parallel universes. For reasons only half-explained by the script, he can jump between realities; Max is searching for the one in which Leon lives.

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      Grace review – monumentally odd father-daughter odyssey via mobile cinema

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 06:00 · 1 minute

    Travelling across Russia in mostly silence, Ilya Povolotsky’s debut feature has a strange confidence in its own insistent dispiritedness

    With long journeys in a red camper van, long unbroken shots of shattered Caucasian landscapes, and very long silences between its alienated father and daughter, Ilya Povolotsky’s debut feature has a strange confidence in its own monumental dispiritedness. “I want to know that you have a plan,” says the teenager. “And that we won’t get stuck somewhere outside Khabarovsk with a chicken and a sad librarian woman.” This being a Russian art film, you wouldn’t bet against it.

    The two unnamed characters, played by Maria Lukyanova and Gela Chitava, are making their way across the country for unspecified reasons, other than her desire to see the sea. They run a small mobile cinema out of their van for wan residents of purgatorial steppe towns and flog snacks and porn by night at sketchy truck stops for the hauliers who aren’t with sex workers. The father has transient liaisons of his own, adding an accusatory edge to his daughter’s faraway gaze, frequently fixed on nothing. Things aren’t looking up when they reach the sea; local people are scooping dead fish off the foreshore. “Fish plague,” says a police officer. “You’d better leave now.”

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      Rust film armorer sentenced to 18 months in prison for fatal on-set shooting

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 18:13

    Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s punishment is most substantial criminal consequence yet over Alec Baldwin shooting cinematographer

    The chief weapons handler on Rust was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the 2021 fatal, on-set shooting of the movie’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by actor Alec Baldwin.

    Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March and her punishment is the most substantial criminal consequence yet in the legal fallout over Hutchins’ death. But the case, which has captivated Hollywood and the US, is still far from over.

    Reuters contributed to this report

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      A Tarzan deathtrap and an 80ft Goofy: prepare for your tour of scrapped Disneyland rides

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 15:36

    A recent auction of designs – including a Pinocchio-themed flume and Anything Can Happen Land – shows how much Disney has changed. But what might the next generation of attractions look like?

    Sad to say, but you have just missed out on one of the greatest auctions of all time. Earlier this month in Beverly Hills, as part of its The Art of Disneyland collection, Heritage Auctions sold off a collection of artwork commissioned by Disney, for a number of rides and attractions that were initially conceived for Disneyland but never actually built.

    As such, the lots amount to a parallel universe; one in which millions of visitors a year would have strolled through the bellies of giant crocodiles gazing at aquarium exhibits, travelled around on Steamboat Willie’s paddle boat and embarked on another Pinocchio-themed water flume that would have flung visitors through the mouth of Monstro the whale.

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      Civil War is an empty B-movie masquerading as something of substance | Charles Bramesco

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 14:30 · 1 minute

    Alex Garland’s speculative and apolitical action film might be a box office hit but it’s a frustratingly weightless experience

    The music video for MIA’s Born Free imagines a ginger genocide, with humvees of jackbooted, gas-masked stormtroopers raiding a high-rise housing complex to round up redheads. Even before the condemned are bussed out to the desert and used for target practice, the camerawork luxuriates in extreme content – needless collateral brutalization, a slow-mo close-up of a man smoking from a glass stem, a harsh coitus interruptus for a nude couple. All the while, a driving synth loop and kinetic cinematography keep things moving at a brisk, exciting clip befitting the high-energy banger at hand; one of the goons mugs through the fourth wall and lip-syncs a “whoo!” in time with the track.

    The video has far more use for the edgy textures of state-sponsored violence than its messy realities, the intellectual engagement topping out at “ethnic cleansing is bad, and who knows, it could happen to you!” At nine minutes, this doesn’t pose such a pressing problem for the director Romain Gavras as it did on his 2022 feature Athena , wherein spectacular formal pyrotechnics gave way to the conclusion that riot police and proletarian protesters have something to learn about getting along. These atrocities may be ghastly, but that’s hardly the point. This stuff makes for cracking footage, every headshot worthy of a post on One Perfect Shot .

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      May the fizz be with you: how a $10 Chilean beer ad took on Star Wars

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 13:14

    After being posted on X and becoming a feature on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, the 2003 commercial that sees Obi-Wan Kenobi hand Luke Skywalker a cold beer has gone viral

    ‘Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough”, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells a wide-eyed Luke Skywalker in the 1977 Star Wars film, A New Hope. Obi-Wan moves to fetch the precious item – an ice-cold bottle of Chilean lager, Cerveza Cristal.

    Cue enthusiastic brand jingle, and cut!

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