Will this be 2017’s most provocative film festival?

Will this be 2017’s most provocative film festival?

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Will this be 2017’s most provocative film festival?
Basel, Switzerland (CNN)Art Basel might be the closest thing the art world has to a Glastonbury or a Coachella. But while the fair is primarily known for its fine art showings, Maxa Zoller, who has curated its film program since 2014, is determined to put Basel firmly on the cinema calendar. Zoller, a Cairo-based lecturer […]

Basel, Switzerland (CNN)Art Basel might be the closest thing the art world has to a Glastonbury or a Coachella. But while the fair is primarily known for its fine art showings, Maxa Zoller, who has curated its film program since 2014, is determined to put Basel firmly on the cinema calendar.

Witness the ambitious, provocative run of screenings at this year’s Swiss event.
Zoller, a Cairo-based lecturer and curator, is confronting difficult subjects through her selections, many of which you wouldn’t expect to be up for discussion at a moneyed international art fair. Her plans for Basel are probably best exemplified by her opening night selection: Eric Baudelaire’s “Also Known as Jihadi,” which tells the story of a French teenager who travels to Syria to join the Islamic State.
    “Inevitably we’re trying to resonate with these horrible times that we’re living in,” she explains as the chaos of the festival simmers behind her.
    “I would usually go for a more upbeat film for the opening to attract as many people as possible, but this year I just felt that I couldn’t pass on this film. I thought it was fantastic, and wanted to give the audience something to intellectually chew on.”
    There’s certainly a lot to chew on within the film, with its unflinching portrayal of a deeply controversial subject matter. The style of the film is also unusual because it’s edited with only 75 cuts, compared to the thousands you might see in the average feature.
    “I feel that slowness gives people the time to engage with these corners of that brain that we don’t (engage with) in a fast-paced society,” Zoller says.
    “Also Known as Jihadi” may have got top billing, but Zoller also seems proud of the rest of the program — a mix of old and new, feature-length and short films. Other highlights include “Dear Animal,” Egyptian filmmaker Maha Maamoun’s surreal tale of a drug dealer who transforms into a mythical animal, and Kader Attia’s “Reflecting Memory,” a disturbing treatise on the phenomenon of phantom pain.
    “Moving images have a direct relationship to our senses,” she explains. “Narratives are linear because our breath is linear. So there is something about a time-based way of constructing something you want to say that goes back to ancient aural culture. There’s a lot of subliminal, unconscious reactions that make us feel as if we can connect to film.”
    And what does the future hold for filmmakers with a more artistic leaning? Has technology democratized the industry, as it has for so many others?
    “There’s been a huge shift in filmmakers going from making video art to producing feature length films … They’re feeling more comfortable with that beast they call feature-length because of technology, because of generations passing on the knowledge of how to make them, as well as the fact that people want to tell big stories these days,” she says.
    “They don’t want to do five-minute visual puns anymore.”

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    Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without some of its most influential people? That reality was probably a lot closer to actually happening than you think. Here are five of recent history’s most influential people who nearly died before their time. 1.) Gene Roddenberry. Wikipedia The creator of Star Trek, and the […]

    Controversial film about last tsar approved for release in Russia

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    Controversial film about last tsar approved for release in Russia
    Alexei Uchitels Matilda, which depicts affair between Nicholas II and ballet dancer, has faced calls for ban from religious and conservative critics The Russian culture ministry has cleared a film depicting a love affair between Russias last tsar and a ballerina for nationwide release, despite protests from conservative critics who have demanded it be banned. […]

    When This Tribe Saw A White Person For The First Time In The ’70s, Researchers Recorded It

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    When This Tribe Saw A White Person For The First Time In The ’70s, Researchers Recorded It
    It’s hard to imagine being completely cut off from all of society. Most of us have been raised in a global community connected by technology. Growing up in a faraway place, isolated from the rest of the world (and grocery stores), is unfathomable. That’s why it’s so fascinating to see this video. Researchers were studying […]

    89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

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    89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids
    Get some snacks and settle in for family movie night. View this image › BuzzFeed 1. Apollo 13 (1995) View this image › Imagine Entertainment Lift off. Rated: PG See where you can stream it here. 2. Now and Then (1995) View this image › New Line Cinema An A+ mother/daughter girl’s night option. Rated: […]

    We Need A New Idea For A Blockbuster Movie!

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    We Need A New Idea For A Blockbuster Movie!
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    Robert Pattinson is on a quest for a hot dog in the hilariously dramatic short film ‘Fear & Shame’

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    Robert Pattinson is on a quest for a hot dog in the hilariously dramatic short film ‘Fear & Shame’
    Robert Pattinson is on a mission. A mission so crucial and dangerous that he risks his identity and his life for it. He NEEDS a NYC hot dog and he needs it NOW. SEE ALSO: Robert Pattinson was totally joking about dog sex in his new movie In a hilariously dramatic short film made to […]

    Jennifer Lawrence seriously had a ‘Kardashian tent’ on the set of her latest film

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    Jennifer Lawrence seriously had a ‘Kardashian tent’ on the set of her latest film
    Image: ANnie leibovitz/Vogue After filming particularly harrowing scenes from the upcoming psychological thriller Mother!, Jennifer Lawrence would take a break to retreat to her off-set “happy place:” A tent plastered with photos of the Kardashians. As Lawrence revealed in her Vogue September issue cover profile, the film crew built a Kardashian-themed escape for the actress […]

    This Guy Stepped On A Bug And Revealed Something Totally Gross

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    This Guy Stepped On A Bug And Revealed Something Totally Gross
    Warning: This is the nastiest thing you’ll see today. 1. An unidentified guy had quite the disturbing experience after he stepped on a cockroach-like bug. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Vg53kqVQQI4. Ivan Bregorovic / Via youtube.com 2. After stepping on it, something that resembled a worm crawled out of the insect. And the long, twisty creature just […]

    If You Thought ‘The Exorcist’ Was Scary, Wait Until You Hear The Film’s Original Score

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    If You Thought ‘The Exorcist’ Was Scary, Wait Until You Hear The Film’s Original Score
    Perhaps one of the greatest scary movies of all time, The Exorcist was a horror show before the film even made it to theaters. Several big Hollywood producers of the time turned it down (including Kubrick), the crew became sick with mysterious illnesses, and the toddler of one of the main actors was hit by […]

    18 Things That Happen At Every Burns Night

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    18 Things That Happen At Every Burns Night
    It’s not all just haggis and dancing you know. 1. If you’re hosting, you buy all the Scottish food you can find. View this image › fox.co.uk / Via tumblr.com But no-one’s going to eat that much shortbread, so it sits in your cupboard for months afterwards. 2. You think you might still be able […]

    Are You An Unfriendly Black Hottie?

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    Are You An Unfriendly Black Hottie?
    Can we sit with you or nah? View this image › Paramount Pictures Harpo / Weinstein Company Thinkstock CBS Television Columbia Pictures Universal Pictures Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures Christopher Polk / Getty Images A&M Def Jam “Party Up (In Here),” DMX Universal Music Group “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige A&M “Rhythm Nation,” Janet Jackson 20th […]

    From Hacks To Decor, Here Are 20 Awesome Things You Can Do With PVC Pipes

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    From Hacks To Decor, Here Are 20 Awesome Things You Can Do With PVC Pipes
    googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); I remember rummaging around in the garage as a kid while my dad was working on one project or another and wondering why he had so many PVC pipes sitting around. Although I obviously didn’t know the name at the time, you best believe I shoved my arms through them and […]

    What do people in Dunkirk make of the film Dunkirk? – BBC News

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    What do people in Dunkirk make of the film Dunkirk? – BBC News
    Image caption In the first week of its release, 15,000 people saw the film in Dunkirk Operation Dynamo was a coordinated effort by naval ships, pleasure steamers from British seaside resorts – and small motor yachts, most of which had been commandeered by the Royal Navy for the evacuation. These “little ships”, as they came […]

    ‘The Lion King’ Live Action Film Has Cast 2 More Characters And They’re Perfect

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    ‘The Lion King’ Live Action Film Has Cast 2 More Characters And They’re Perfect
    I’m just gonna jump right out and say it, our world is decaying right before our eyes. It’s an absolute dumpster fire out there, y’all. That’s OK, though, because a live-action version of is making its way to theaters and there is literally nothing as exciting as that. I mean, really, what a time to […]

    Pink an act and react experience for Andrea

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    Pink an act and react experience for Andrea
    Andrea Tariang, who plays herself in the movie, is a remarkable singer and musician dabbling in contemporary RnB and soul music. She plays with a band called Lavender Groove and often teams up with we Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/pink-an-act-and-react-experience-for-andrea/article9118895.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

    Pssst… Wanna See The Movie Again?

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    Pssst… Wanna See The Movie Again?
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    His Wife Finally Gave In And Let Him Build This. The Basement Will Never Be The Same Again.

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    His Wife Finally Gave In And Let Him Build This. The Basement Will Never Be The Same Again.
    “My wife won’t let me do it” is a notorious line, sometimes based on truth, other times just an excuse. In the case of user skerley1979, it was unfortunately true. Then, finally, his wife gave in and turned him loose in the basement to build exactly what he wanted. The result? Pretty epic. Check this […]

    These Words Of Wisdom Are Brought To You By The Greatest Comedic Minds.

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    These Words Of Wisdom Are Brought To You By The Greatest Comedic Minds.
    When people think of comedy, they usually think of going to a show and having mindless fun. Though if you really pay attention, you can find little hidden gems of wisdom in a comedian’s act. Comedians often say profound and inspiring things that you didn’t notice because you were laughing too hard. That’s the great […]

    I Want A Movie Where Bad Guys Win…

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    I Want A Movie Where Bad Guys Win…
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    A children’s film in Assamese dealing with violence is going to film festivals across the world

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    A children’s film in Assamese dealing with violence is going to film festivals across the world
    One thing led to another in Nitesh Batra’s life. Illness led to yoga, yoga led to films and films are now taking him to his life’s goal. But what that goal is, the young yoga practitioner and upcomin Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/coming-soon-is-a-webseries-on-godmen-in-india-and-a-film-on-children-facing-violence/article8952979.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

    You can soon make your own fan film on the ‘Star Trek’ set

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    You can soon make your own fan film on the ‘Star Trek’ set
    Contrary to the very public conflict between CBS, Paramount, and a group of Star Trek fan filmmakers, CBS has endorsed an “academy” for making Star Trek fan films. James Cawley produced the popular fan-made seriesStar Trek: Phase II, which built an accurate recreation of the show’s original 1960s set. He now uses that set for […]

    Here Are 8 Awesome Documentaries That Actually Won’t Depress You.

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    Here Are 8 Awesome Documentaries That Actually Won’t Depress You.
    As a huge fan of documentaries, I have found a recurring theme amongst all of the films I’ve watched. That theme is that they are all horrendously depressing. Most documentaries aim to tackle serious issues and with that comes a lot of weight. Sometimes, I’d like to leave a documentary feeling good. I want to […]

    Trying To Get The Best Movie Ever Made On Netflix

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    Trying To Get The Best Movie Ever Made On Netflix
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    12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

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    12 Technologies Which Could Save The World
    It’s easy to get downhearted about climate change. But amazing things are happening that could slow it down. 1. Solar glass View this image › Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters We’re familiar with solar panels, and solar is probably the most promising renewable energy source. But we are on the verge of a major change […]

    This Surreal Short Film Will Make Your Normal Day Seem A Little Bit Weirder

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    This Surreal Short Film Will Make Your Normal Day Seem A Little Bit Weirder
    Technology is pretty simple. You press a button or flip a switch, and something happens — you call your friend, you turn on a light, or you start your computer. It’s all very direct. Right? Not in this wonderfully bizarre (and slightly unsettling) short film by Terri Timely and Park Pictures. It shows a world […]

    She Was Sleeping Quietly In The Back Seat…And Then The Music Came On!

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    She Was Sleeping Quietly In The Back Seat…And Then The Music Came On!
    There’s nothing that this adorable trio of sisters enjoys more than dancing in the car. Every time their favorite song plays over the speakers, they simply drop everything and dance the day away…even if they’re asleep. But what on Earth could provoke such a response? It’s not what you’d expect — not Sesame Street, or […]

    Robert Pattinson refused to film sex act with dog for ‘Good Time’

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    Robert Pattinson refused to film sex act with dog for ‘Good Time’
    When it came to filming Good Time, there was one thing Robert Pattinson wasnt willing to do for the sake of a paycheck. The 31-year-old British actor, who appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday to promote his new film, revealed he was asked to shoot a shocking scene involving his canine co-star. Oh God, I […]

    The Film Industry Is Out Of Control

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    The Film Industry Is Out Of Control

    Adele hosted a film screening for children who survived the Grenfell Tower fire

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    Adele hosted a film screening for children who survived the Grenfell Tower fire
    Image: Getty Images Adele has arguably one of the greatest voices in the world, but she’s proving she also has just as great of a heart. On Thursday night, the singer reportedly hosted a screening of Despicable Me 3 for the children who survived the horrible June fire that destroyed much of 24-story Grenfell Tower […]

    Maggie Smith Continued To Film The Final Harry Pot

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    Maggie Smith Continued To Film The Final Harry Pot
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    Srirastu Subhamastu: The ‘family’ hangover

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    Srirastu Subhamastu: The ‘family’ hangover
    For a film that comes up with several definitions of love, the complications leading to marriage and the financial side of the story, it’s the romantic track that is a huge downer. From Siri’s (Allu S Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/srirastu-subhamastu-is-let-down-by-lifeless-characterisations-and-a-stale-story/article8948622.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

    Film Humor

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    Film Humor
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    Follywood: how Valerian earns its place among film’s strangest big budget flops

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    Follywood: how Valerian earns its place among film’s strangest big budget flops
    Luc Bessons gonzo $177m space opera is failing to attract audiences, making it the latest in a long line of ambitious gambles that havent paid off As a hack auteur, prolific writer, director and producer, Luc Besson is a seeming contradiction. Hes spent his career churning out grubby, insanely commercial genre movies, such as his […]

    Helicopter sex film police crew cleared of misconduct – BBC News

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    Helicopter sex film police crew cleared of misconduct – BBC News
    During the trial, the court heard a couple sitting naked by a caravan were filmed in July 2008, while the aircraft also filmed a garden where a woman was sunbathing naked with her daughters in 2007. The footage also showed a couple having sex on their patio in July 2008 and at one point, the […]

    Should we be surprised by the most profitable film of 2017 thus far?

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    Should we be surprised by the most profitable film of 2017 thus far?
    Flying below the high-profile summer superhero flicks and the latest blockbusters brought to you by Disney, one unexpected film is hanging on to the noteworthy title of “most profitable film of 2017” (thus far): Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” The writer and director of “Get Out,” Jordan Peele. Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images. “Get Out” wasn’t […]

    19 Ridiculous Jokes That Will Definitely Put A Smile On Your Face

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    19 Ridiculous Jokes That Will Definitely Put A Smile On Your Face
    If you’re having a bad day, here’s a list that’ll pull you right out of that funk (especially if you’re at work and there’s no end in sight). These jokes might be kind of stupid, but a little stupidity is sometimes exactly what you need. 1. A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom […]

    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos gets cameo in new ‘Star Trek’ film

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    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos gets cameo in new ‘Star Trek’ film
    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos got to live out every Trekkie’s fantasy by playing an alien in the new “Star Trek” movie. Bezos is listed in the credits for “Star Trek Beyond,” the third instalment of the r Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/amazons-jeff-bezos-gets-cameo-in-new-star-trek-film/article8860147.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

    Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73 – BBC News

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    Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73 – BBC News
    Image caption He also played Kevin in Last of the Summer Wine He joined EastEnders in 2003 as Jack Dalton, a gangland boss who ended up being killed in an act of revenge. He also featured in episodes of Last of the Summer Wine and in the Dennis Potter mini-series Karaoke and Cold Lazarus. Bennett […]

    This short Rick and Morty fan film is downright devastating

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    This short Rick and Morty fan film is downright devastating
    The titular characters of have killed countless aliens throughout three seasons (and counting) of interdimensional adventures, but one fan film is giving viewers an in-depth look into one of the many lives theyve ruined. Gromflomitesquickly discovers is a lieGlennAn animated fan film from dives into what Glenns life mightve been like and how he ended […]

    Sully movie review: A rewarding flight with some minor turbulence

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    Sully movie review: A rewarding flight with some minor turbulence
    For earth to sprout life, a considerable number of precise conditions needed to be met. The survival of the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 is a bit like that too, as Sully shows. Following a b Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/sully-movie-review/article9091197.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

    These Bear Cubs Were In Quite The Pickle Until Our Heroes Came Along.

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    These Bear Cubs Were In Quite The Pickle Until Our Heroes Came Along.
    Imagine living near the woods and waking in the middle of the night to a horrible cry for help. What would you do? Would you spring into action and risk facing whatever creature made such terrible sounds? Or would you pretend not to hear it, and fall back asleep? Last week, one Wisconsin woman had […]

    The logic of the people who made this movie

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    The logic of the people who made this movie
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