Profile Review: Timur Bekmambetov’s Thriller is the Best ScreenLife Film Yet

Profile Review: Timur Bekmambetov’s Thriller is the Best ScreenLife Film Yet
In 2015, French journalist Anna Érelle published In the Skin of a Jihadist: Inside Islamic State’s Recruitment Networks. In order to investigate Isis recruitment tactics, Érelle posed online as a teenager who had recently converted to Islam. She was courted by a man named Bilel, who claimed to be a high-up member of Isis living in Syria. Unexpectedly, in 2018, her story was turned into a feature film that takes place entirely on a computer screen, in the vein of Unfriended and Searching.

Three years after its Berlinale premiere, Profile is finally hitting cinemas and while it’s unclear why it took this gripping film took so long to see the light of day, it certainly feels particularly relevant now that we’re all living our lives on our desktops. As Profile director Timur Bekmambetov told Deadline a few years ago, “There is no way to tell a story about today
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