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A ‘Friends’ Cast Reunion Special Is Officially Coming To HBO Max

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a million Friends fans screaming "Oh. My. God," in unison, because a Friends cast reunion special is officially in the works at HBO Max. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six main stars, as well as the show’s creators, are on board. Could I be any more pumped?

This news has been a long time coming. Fans have been desperate for new Friends content basically since the series aired its finale way back in 2004. For years, the show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, have been adamant they wouldn’t revive the beloved show in any way, but now it appears they’ve changed their mind at least a little.

According to Variety, stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will all come together to the original Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot for an *unscripted* special in honor of their hit show; Crane and Kauffman will be there too. The reunion will reportedly serve as a kickoff for the new HBO Max streaming service, which will host not only the special but also all 10 seasons of the hit show, which left Netflix at the start of 2020.

All six main cast members took to Instagram to announce the news — though in true Joey fashion, LeBlanc’s IG features a photo of the cast of the oldie show M*A*S*H, rather than the same Friends cast pic his former co-stars shared. All their captions, though, are the same: "It’s happening…"

There have been a lot of signs indicating this reunion would happen, not least of which being everyone from the Friends cast finally getting on Instagram, which led to a ton of top-notch throwback pics (and Aniston’s casual breakage of the internet for a hot sec). Then, of course, there was the big one in November, when reports that a reunion special was in works really got fans fired up.

There’s not much information about what, exactly, the reunion will entail, but since it’s unscripted, it’s possible it will focus on the cast and creators reminiscing on their time on the show (and hopefully revealing some juicy set secrets). As for how long fans will be holding their breath for the special to actually happen, Deadline reports the special — as well as all 236 episodes of Friends — will be available when HBO Max launches in May.

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Why is Bleu Landau leaving EastEnders as Dennis dies?

In shocking scenes to close out EastEnders’ 35th anniversary week, Dennis Rickman Jr (Bleu Landau) has died.

After so much speculating, Denny has finally been revealed as the promised boat party casualty.

Poor Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) will have to mourn her son’s death as she welcomes a new baby boy into the world, 15 years after Dennis Rickman – Dennis Jr’s father – faced his own untimely demise.

As we continue to reel from the shock, here’s what we know about why it was actor Bleu Landau who ended up having his character killed off tonight.

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On the subject of why Dennis was chosen to be the casualty of the week, producer Jon Sen said: ‘When we discussed this – and it’s true of any soap or drama – you want consequence.

‘That is the main thing that comes out of the death we are seeing. It is where it goes, it’s the people who are left behind and the story that it generates. It is very well thought out.

‘There is something almost Greek about this particular person as it could be argued that it’s been set up for quite some time.’

Dennis’ father, Dennis Rickman, was stabbed to death in the New Year’s Eve episode of EastEnders in 2005, when Sharon was just three months pregnant, so it certainly has a sense of history repeating itself.

Sen added: ‘We discussed it in depth and actually had a lot of arguments about it. The story conference room is a vibrant place.

‘We discussed lots of different options but we knew in our hearts that this was the story that would really power us through months and months and months of future stories which we are really excited about.’

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As for the aftermath of Dennis’ death, show boss Kate Oats has teased that the consequences of Denny’s passing will be ‘severe’.

She said: ‘Much changed for some as obviously the consequences are going to be so severe. A disaster of this magnitude has a big impact and it has long-standing consequences – I think people are going to remember this for a long time to come.

‘The narratives drive on for months and months. In some cases, there will be consequences to this story in a year to come.’

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Fans had already been fearing the worst for Dennis as the teen had previously been seen trapped in a room below deck on the party boat.

Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) was the one who locked him in there in the first place after rocking up to the boat to confront him over the dangerous Islamophobic abuse Bobby (Clay Milner Russell) faced as a result of Dennis’ online antics.

Even though Ian was able to get Dennis out of the room, Dennis still tragically drowned in the Thames.

Will the guilt Ian feels at having an admittedly unintentional hand in Denny’s death cause him to come clean to Sharon, and will his friend ever find it in her heart to forgive him?

It certainly

EastEnders continues Monday at 8pm on BBC One.

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Scott Disick Is a ‘Better Man’ Thanks to Sofia Richie

Better together! Scott Disick and Sofia Richie build each other up and are continuing to grow as a couple, despite breakup rumors.

“Sofia and Scott are great together,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Scott has become such a better man through being in a mature relationship with her.”

The insider explains that Disick, 36, is still “the ‘same old Scott’ in certain ways, but he’s definitely grown up a lot and embraced being more responsible in all areas of his life.”

The couple, who have been together for more than two years, “have a lot of fun together” and “could very well get engaged,” the source adds.

Although the two are public figures, the Flip It Like Disick star likes to keep his relationship under the radar with Richie, 21.

“Sofia and Scott like to do their own thing and be private,” a second source tells Us. “Scott can be grouchy at times, but Sofia doesn’t really mind and likes to take care of him.”

The lovebirds have their ups and downs, but the pair always have each other’s backs.

“He is supportive of her, but likes to show it in his own way,” the insider adds. “Often times if Sofia has a project that she is celebrating, they will do their own private dinner to celebrate as a couple without a ton of people around.”

Us previously reported that the father of three attended his girlfriend’s launch party for her denim line on Thursday, February 20, amid rumors that they were taking a break.

“Scott looked much happier and more comfortable at the event once he saw [Sofia],” a source told Us about Disick and Richie’s interaction at the L.A. event. “Sofia looked very happy to see Scott and they were smiling and joking around together.”

Despite speculation that the duo was putting a pause on their relationship, the model and Talentless founder were seen getting cozy during the party. After Richie’s father, Lionel Richie, left the bash, Sofia was spotted sitting on Disick’s lap and looked “super smiley.”

The two shared a kiss, took selfies and at one point the reality TV star “kissed [Sofia’s] forehead and put his arms around her waist.”

The couple’s night out comes after rumors began to circulate that the lovebirds were calling it quits. Fans first started to question if the two were still an item when Sofia unfollowed — and later refollowed — Disick’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian on Instagram.

A source told Us on February 12, however, that the couple were “totally fine” and still together.

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Bon Jovi Detail New Album, 'Bon Jovi 2020'

Bon Jovi have revealed details about their aptly named upcoming album, Bon Jovi 2020. The follow-up to 2016’s This House Is Not for Sale is set for release on May 15th.

On Friday, the band shared a music video for the album’s lead single, “Limitless,” in which Bon Jovi soundtrack a revolution from daily monotonous life.

In a press release for Bon Jovi 2020, the band stated that it will address “tough topics such as gun control, veterans’ issues, politics, the meaning of family, and much more.”

Jon Bon Jovi stated, “It encompasses life, love, and loss.”

The band will tour the record this summer, kicking off June 10th in Tacoma, Washington, and ending with a two-night residency at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 27th and 28th. Bryan Adams will open for Bon Jovi on most dates.

Last November, Bon Jovi released a new song, “Unbroken,” which the band wrote for Josh Aronson’s documentary, To Be of Service, about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who are paired with service dogs. Proceeds from downloads of the single benefited the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. Earlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi appeared onstage with Billy Joel at his Madison Square Garden show to perform “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Big Shot.”

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Zoo Gorillas Obsessed with Michael Bublé's Christmas Album Get Private Concert from the Crooner

At the Werribee Open Range Zoo near Victoria, Australia it’s Christmas all year round — at least for the zoo’s gorillas.

According to Zoos Victoria, which operates the safari-inspired zoo, Werribee’s gorilla residents — Ganyeka, Yakini, and Motaba — love listening to the Michael Bublé album Christmas, which is packed with the crooner singing classic carols, every month of the year.

“When we play Michael Bublé’s CDs, the boys will instantly start pleasure grumbling, and sit nice and calm and relaxed,” Ben Gulli, a gorilla keeper at Werribee, says in the video above about the singer’s power over the primates.

“The beautiful low tones that he sings with kind of mimics their pleasure grumble,” the keeper adds.

Word of Bublé’s gorilla fanbase got back to the singer, and he decided to visit the Werribee gorillas and give them a private concert.

In a video of the intimate show, Bublé croons a version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” adjusted to be a little more relevant to his animal listeners, and all of the gorillas stop and turn towards Bublé to take in the singer’s velvety voice.

“The reaction was amazing,” Bublé says in the clip.

 


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Wheel of Fortune fans slam contestants for guessing rarely-used ‘Q’ and losing luxury trip – The Sun

TWO Wheel Of Fortune contestants missed out on a trip to Costa Rica after guessing the letter 'q' incorrectly.

During the frustrating moment, many fans of the show took to social media to question why the contestant would choose such a rarely-used letter.

Nancy and Marlena seemed to be on a roll when they were competing for a free trip to Costa Rica, but things quickly soured when Marlena confidently called out the letter "Q" which quickly won her the failing whistle.

The camera quickly zoomed in on the pair as Marlena awkwardly nudged a stunned Nancy and whispered: "I'm sorry."

Her friend, who was trying her best to stay calm after her friend's mess up, simply smiled and said: "That's alright."


The two contestants next to them, Pauline and Emily, shouted that they could solve the puzzle and they quickly solved the puzzle which read "Exotic and Colorful Birds."

Rarely enough, Wheel of Fortune host, Pat Sajak, didn't comment on the ladies' fatal error.

Nancy wasn't the only one who was stunned by her friend's answer with many fans of the show expressing their opinion on social media.

One viewer tweeted out: "Exactly what word was she thinking of when she called a Q."




Another one quickly followed and wrote: "Q? Q?! I bet those two aren't friends anymore after that game."

And another fan of the show dramatically wrote: "The only time you would guess 'Q' is when a blood vessel bursts in your brain and it's the last thing you say before you collapse and die."


Another watcher said: "This is weird. Contestants on Wheel of Fortune guessed the letter 'Q' to solve a puzzle … which was wrong. It really made no sense for them to do.

"Wonder why they chose that letter?"

And one other person wrote: "Uh, the letter Q is asked for only when you know it is there and you need a correct choice to move along.

"Only an idiot would ever choose Q."

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Hollyoaks fans heartbroken as Jordan targets Ollie in devastating drugs twist

Hollyoaks youngster Ollie Morgan (Aedan Duckworth) was left heartbroken during last night's first look episode on E4 as his newborn baby was taken away by his adoptive parents.

Ollie's girlfriend Brooke Hathaway (Talia Grant) decided she didn't want to be a young mother and agreed to put her child up for adoption despite Ollie wanting to bring up their son.

In tonight's first look episode on E4, Ollie pinned for his baby boy and flicked through the memory book he made his son, which the adoptive parents left behind.

Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) comforted his son and encouraged him to become carefree again.

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He gave Luke some cash to go to the cinema, but when Imran wasn't free, Ollie made arrangements with newcomer Sid instead and they went to The Loft.

Bad lad Jordan Price (Connor Calland) set his sights on a vulnerable, drunk Ollie and gave him drugs.

Fans of the Channel 4 soap have taken to their keyboards to air their views on Jordan's "evil" plan. to groom Ollie into his dark world of drug dealing.

One viewer penned: "I can't stand Jordan. He gives me the creeps."

Another added: "No Ollie don't take the ketamine."

A third fan said: "Ollie's dark path begins. Don't do it."

A fourth tweeted: "Really shouldn't have done that Ollie."

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The Channel 4 soap first hinted at this dark storyline in its New Year's Eve flash-forward episode, when it showed a distraught Ollie (Aeden Duckworth) with a bag of drugs to end 2020.

As the County Lines drug dealing storyline continues, Ollie actor Aeden Duckworth told Digital Spy that there is a rough road ahead for his troubled character.

He told the publication: "Ollie has done what quite a few people do when they go through a hard time.

"He's turned to drugs, which is devastating, to say the least.

It's upsetting to see, because he's such a nice lad and we know he's been through so much already.

"It's going to be a good storyline and we're going to tell it to the best of our ability.

"Hopefully the year after this one will be when Ollie sorts himself out."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to stop using ‘Sussex Royal’ name from Spring 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they will no longer use the name “Sussex Royal” for their new foundation.

Reports had suggested earlier this week that the Queen had told the Duke and Duchess of Sussex not to use the name after their decision to step back from the family earlier this year.

A statement from a spokesperson for the couple confirmed on Friday evening that trademark applications for the name have been removed.

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“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020.

“Therefore the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for The Royal Foundation, have been removed,” the spokesperson said.


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It comes after further details about Harry and Meghan’s duties were announced earlier this week as they begin their new life away from the royal family.

After the couple announced earlier this year that they will step back from royal life, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the changes will come into effect on March 31 with a one year review following.

Before then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at six engagements in the UK, after spending the last month in Canada.

Harry will attend an engagement on February 28 with Jon Bon Jovi at a recording session for his song Unbroken, which will be released in aid of the Invictus Foundation.

On March 5 the couple will attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London.

Meghan will then join Harry for another event at the Royal Albert Hall on March 8 to mark International Women's Day.

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The couple will then join the Queen and the Royal Family for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.

Harry and Meghan will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April onwards.

Buckingham Palace also released details of Harry’s military role.

“Prince Harry will retain ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader, however, during this 12-month period his honorary military positions will not be used. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the review is completed,” they said in a statement.

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Nurse slated for dinner that looks ‘rancid’ and like ‘dog food with bits in’

A young nurse has been slated online after posting a snap of her dinner which foodies branded “rancid”.

The young woman posted the photograph to the Facebook group “ Rate My Plate Group” — only to later admit herself that it tasted as bad as it looked.

The group’s primary purpose is for members to share photographs of their meals and be “rated” or “slated”.

Sometimes the insults get pretty creative.

The woman captioned the food snap: “Crispy roast potatoes, corned beef and onions.

“Ignore the black on the bottom, that’s my old pan. Do your worst.”

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She accompanied the taunt with a sassy emoji.

On her unlined baking tray were wedge shaped potato chunks, slices of white onion and some cooked corned beef.

Some of the members of the 515,693 group expressed disgust at the nurse’s plate.

A woman commented: “Looks like something you’ve dug up from the garden [Blushing Emoji].”

Another added: “I didn’t realise it was still 1942?”

A third member said: “Words can’t express how bad it looks…”

Despite this assumption, many social media users did, in fact, try and describe how bad it looked.

The resulting insults were rather colourful.

One member wrote: “The onions look like you’ve cut the toenails off a giant!”

A jokester said: “It looks like you’ve been panning for gold in a water treatment plant.”

Another commented: “It looks like dog food with bits in!”

Others were put off by the state of her cookware.

One wrote: “That’s f****** rank, you make my tray look like gold.

“You should get some new kitchen equipment — how you haven’t killed yourself is beyond me.”

Another pleaded: “Good God woman, get rid of that pan before everyone requires a tetanus shot to eat at your house!”

Some people even had some choice advice for the young nurse.

One said: “Stick to the takeaways, woman.”

Another added: “Wouldn’t feed that to a dog, don’t ever cook again, Love.”

A third joked: “Stick to nursing as you’ll never make it as a cook — that’s one dead patient.”

In the end, the nurse returned to her post with an update.

She said: “It sounded good in my head, but didn’t taste so great.

“I ate like three pieces of potato and a spoon of meat and threw the rest away.”

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She insisted: “I’m actually a good cook I promise!

“Sleep deprivation makes you do s*** things!”

Here’s hoping she orders herself a pizza after her next late shift…

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‘Malmkrog’: Film Review

Since Cristi Puiu’s “Malmkrog” means to drown the viewer in a dense and arcane philosophical debate about Good and Evil, the nature of Christ, Europe and the direction of History, let’s add another strand to the discussion: how is cinema put to best use? It’s an especially pertinent question since Puiu’s always stunning use of space and light, so carefully calculated in every shot, so rigidly composed as if he’s used dioramas with dolls to ensure figures and objects will be exactly in the right place, makes even “Malmkrog” a cinematic experience despite a perverse amount of verbiage that demands absolute concentration for nearly three and a half hours. Yet given that he anxiously wants his audience – never more limited than with this film – to follow the calculatedly cruel intellectual jousting between his five main characters, is cinema really the best means to delve deep into this level of intense philosophizing?

Perhaps if the voluminous script were first made required reading, before watching, then more people could engage with the cascade of non-stop theorizing while the film rolls on. Viewing it on its own however, even more than once, leaves one with the sense of cinema’s limitations. Just as films about poets rarely ever work because we want to read the words at our own pace in order to savor the rhythms and imagery, so philosophy, whether moral, religious or both, as in this case, has difficulty transferring its power across the screen when the verbal sparring requires so much focus that a rewind button is required. Even people reasonably familiar with Gnosticism, Manichaeism and its offshoots, early 20th century history and the works of Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, whose writings Puiu adapted, will find this punishing film, with its theatrical construct and off-putting running time, a challenge with few lasting rewards.

One can be forgiven at the start for thinking we’ve entered into a Chekhovian world: there’s the columned pink manor house grandly set in a clearing surrounded by snowy forests, inside of which are a group of aristocratic friends and a host of largely silent servants. The parallel to Chekhov ends there – there’s no yearning for love or fulfillment, not even a sense that this may be the last gasp of the aristocracy, though we know that to be the case. Puiu isn’t critiquing their refinement and cosmopolitanism, and there’s not even really a dig at class privilege – only the butler István (István Téglás) ill-treats a lower servant. This elite group, gathered at the Transylvanian country home of Nikolai (Frédéric Schulz-Richard) on Christmas Eve just around 1900, are the pinnacle of elegance, and yet their beautiful manners reveal an exquisite cruelty towards each other in the form of a lengthy intellectual fencing match in formal French that starts just before lunch and continues through dinner.

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The film is divided into 6 chapters, each named for one of the main characters plus István the butler. The principals are Nikolai, former seminary student and wealthy landlord; Olga (Marina Palii), the youngest of the group, whose naïve and unorthodox interpretation of the Gospels becomes the target for the others; Madeleine (Agathe Bosch), a dryly intellectual middle-aged woman, possibly a widow given her clothing; Edouard (Ugo Broussot), a wealthy, politically connected businessman; and Ingrida (Diana Sakalauskaité), the wife of a Russian General and an ardent believer in military might. Given Olga’s placement at the opposite end of the table head to Nikolai, and her ease with the house’s passages, one presumes she’s Nikolai’s wife, though this is never stated. Instead she’s condescended to by all, including Nikolai, as “my dear Olga.”

Chapter one, “Ingrida,” begins the religious discussion but mostly reveals Ingrida’s staunch faith in the holiness of the martial arts and a discussion of whether it’s possible to have a good war and a bad peace. It also lays out the distinct divide in their minds between the “superior” Christian West and the “inferior” non-believers of the East – a theory pushed by Solovyov – which will see an echo later in Edouard’s “enlightened” colonialist attitude. Olga is first put on the spot when Nikolai pointedly asks her to explain why Jesus, as the essence of Good, failed to use that Good to win Judas, Herod and the others away from Evil. A truly orthodox believer would have replied that it’s only through Jesus’ death and resurrection that the kingdom of Heaven is open to mankind, but Olga’s Gnostic vision of the Gospels denies the resurrection, thereby making it difficult to counter this fundamental point.

Lunch is served and the conversations continue, turning more serious again once tea is served and Edouard speaks of his conviction that war within a highly civilized Europe is a thing of the past (it’s important to keep in mind that this deeply European group would have had clear memories of the chaos of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870). Shortly after, the talk returns to the existence of Evil in the world, reflecting on various Manichean and Pelagian theories (without naming them as such), with Madeleine opining that since death conquers all, Evil is stronger than Good. While dinner is served, Nikolai fillets Olga’s interpretation of Biblical parables, and while Madeleine good-naturedly comes to her defense, the overall impression is that Olga’s true goodness is sacrificed to the sophistical arrogance of the others.

Puiu means to carefully draw a road map towards the catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century: the carnage of World War I that will sweep away the country – Austria-Hungary – where this all takes place together with the God-given right to rule by similar groups of aristocrats. Looming large as well is the shadow of strongmen (take your pick) whose adept use of Evil made it seem for long stretches of time that Good is indeed the weaker attribute. “Malmkrog” is also a warning about Europe, and how easy it is to feel smug about unity and peace when the belief in equality is an illusion, especially in its confrontation with the Muslim world. Yet extracting all of that out of the endless talk, the exquisite philosophizing, is a largely thankless task, requiring a stamina and concentration that very few audiences can muster.

What we’re left with, aside from heads spinning from the endless opaque dialogue, is an admiration for the visual details, most especially the meticulous staging. Puiu arranges his figures around the rooms with obsessive care, often keeping them with their backs to the camera, or placing them in window embrasures so they remain hidden while speaking. Their stillness is like neoclassical painting, as is the lighting as it changes from midday to evening. There’s a stunning shot early on taken from the main sitting room and looking towards the dining room, allowing us to understand the spaces involved, and another in the sitting room where two protagonists stand with their backs to us, two others face the other way and Ingrida (the sole character in a crimson gown) walks back and forth; it’s a marvel of composition. Puiu has pushed his trademark naturalism aside for a pronounced artificial theatricality – the glances between characters are anything but natural – that’s far more intriguing than the material itself.

One senses he’s also taken a page out of Visconti’s playbook, perhaps interviewing 120-year-old butlers to find out exactly how a lunch table was laid and then cleared. The meticulous sound design adds another level of information about what’s unseen in the house, specifically music and singing lessons (presumably with the child Zoya glimpsed briefly at the start); the manor remains a hermetic world but a world nonetheless, where servants bustle, the sick are tended, and the masters, convinced of their eminence, claim the knowledge of the Gospels as they coolly insert sharp knives into their peers’ richly robed flesh.

'Malmkrog': Film Review

Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival, Feb. 20, 2020. Running time: 200 MIN.

Production:(Romania-Serbia-Switzerland-Sweden-Bosnia Herzegovina-Macedonia) A Mandragora, Iadasarecasa, Sense Production, Cinnamon Films, Film i Väst, Doppelganger, Bord Cadre Films, Produkcija 2006 Sarajevo, Sisters and Brothers Mitevski production, in association with Sovereign Films, Asociaţia Culturală Iadasarecasa, CNC România, Studioul de Creaţie Cinematografică al Ministerului Culturii, SRTV, Canton Sarajevo, North Macedonia Film Agency, Ministry of Culture and Sports/Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture and Information, Film Center Serbia. (Int’l sales: Shellac, Paris.) Producers: Anca Puiu, Smaranda Puiu. Coproducers: Lucian Pintilie, Milan Stojanović, Ivica Vidanović, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Andreas Roald, Jörgen Andersson, Kjell Åhlund, Peter Possne, Mirsad Purivatra, Labina Mitevska.

Crew:Director, screenplay: Cristi Puiu, based on the text “Three Conversations” by Vladimir Solovyov. Camera: Tudor Panduru. Editors: Dragoş Apetri, Andrei Iancu, Bogdan Zărnoianu.

With:Agathe Bosch, Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Diana Sakalauskaité, Ugo Broussot, Marina Palii, István Téglás, Bogdan Geambasu. (French, Hungarian, German, Russian dialogue)

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