Zurich Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its hashtag section, which is dedicated to “a topic that is trending on social media,” the event said on Thursday. This year’s section screens films under the title #MyReligion and deals with “matters of faith, euphoria and modern deities”.
“Whether in the United States, Russia or the Middle East, we are witnessing a return of religions”, Christian Jungen, creative director of ZFF, said. “This often leads to conflicts of coexistence within multicultural societies. This is why this year we are concentrating our efforts on the theme of faith, its merits and its dark sides. But we also highlight alternative religions that currently exist for secular people, such as the Tiktok cult.
The films selected are Adamma Ebo’s comedy “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. Tarik Saleh’s thriller ‘Boy From Heaven’, Tarik Saleh’s coming-of-age drama ‘The Realm of God’, Sara Dosa’s documentary ‘Fire of Love’, Orit Fouks’ docufiction Rotem “Cinema Sabaya”, Anita Rocha The horror “Medusa” by Da Silveira, the documentary “Tiktok, Boom” by Shalini Kantayya and the mystery/adventure “The Mountain” by Thomas Salvador.
The 18th edition of the festival takes place from September 22 to October 2.
Jamie Cooke, Discovery of Warner Bros. General Manager for the EEC, the Baltics, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Turkey, has appointed its management team comprising Roni Patel manage content licensing for the combined region and the Nordics; Andrei Grigorescu advertising sales manager; Cristina Valasutean overseeing business development and distribution in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia; Kenechi Belusevic oversee business development and distribution in South East Europe, the Baltics, CIS, Mediterranean and Israel and lead the business development of the sport in the combined region; Francesco Perta oversee business development and distribution in the MENA region and Turkey; Grigory Lavrov responsible for trade marketing in the combined region and channel management for TLC and DMAX in Turkey and Fatafeat in the Middle East; Lee Hobbs responsible for the EMEA-wide pay-TV channel business (including the Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV and ID brands), as well as creative agency WBD EMEA servicing multiple content and channel brands ; and Mabelie Bruijns manage all communications in the combined region and pay-TV networks in the EMEA region.
Lynda Rooke and Paul W. Flemingrespectively president and general secretary of Equitythe UK union representing more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, has urged candidates for UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to adopt a five-point plan to protect the future of the creative workforce.
These include scrapping plans to privatize the broadcaster Channel 4 on the grounds that it makes no economic sense and that £2.1 billion ($2.5 billion) could be cut from the supply chain over a 10-year period and 2,400 fewer jobs each year , according to an estimate by EY.
Equity also suggests providing long-term sustainable funding for the BBC; investing in the arts as part of the government’s upgrading program; improving Universal Credit – a monthly payment from the UK government to help those on low incomes, out of work or unable to work – for the creative self-employed; and protect performers from unregulated artificial intelligence and ensure that performers are fairly compensated and can control the exploitation of their digital selves.
The United Kingdom Imagine the entertainment (“Connected – The Homebound Detective”) opted for Malaysian Inspector Mislan crime thriller series by Rozlan Mohd Nour. The books, set in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, follow the exploits of a tough street cop in every situation imaginable. Noor served for 11 years as a criminal investigator with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysian Police and a prosecutor before joining the private sector. ’21 Immortals’, her debut novel by Inspector Mislan, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Best First Book Award and shortlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize.
Michael Nakan, Chief Content Officer of Envison, said: “The character of Inspector Mislan is perfect for television, he is a serious and seemingly incorruptible Malaysian Muslim street cop who tolerates no opposition, from the mafia. criminal or his superiors. Thanks to the unique creative writing of Rozlan Mohd Noor, I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to bring Inspector Mislan to television audiences. We intend to pair a Malaysian writer/director with a Brit to create high quality, authentic content that works for both local and global audiences – this is the first of several internationally oriented projects we consider; we are currently working on similar projects in Hungary and India.
david barondirector at Envision and producer of six Harry Potter films, who discovered the Inspector Mislan series, said: “Once I started reading ’21 Immortals’, I realized the huge potential of Inspector Mislan’s character for film and television production, so the books option was the first step in bringing this gritty Malaysian Cop to life onscreen.
“Stranger Things: The Experience” premiered in London, UK on Thursday, August 18. One ticket gives you an immersive, one-hour multimedia experience, where fans can enter the spooky town of Hawkins as well as the Upside Down, plus a shopping and dining area featuring familiar favorites like Scoops Ice Cream Shop Ahoy and even a “Stranger Things” themed bar. There are also plenty of photo-opp moments, including a chance to sit on the iconic ‘Stranger Things’ couch and even pose with a life-size model of Vecna (played by Jamie Bower Campbell on the show) .
Co-produced by Netflix and Fever, “Stranger Things: The Experience” is set at Troubadour Brent Cross Studios in London. Tickets can be purchased at www.strangerthings-experience.com.