Profile trailer: Screenlife thriller finds reporter chasing terrorists

Timur Bekmambetov co-wrote and directed the film, which will finally hit US theaters in May.


Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) to deal with the Screenlife format used by films such as Search and Unfriendlyand now there is a trailer for his latest directorial work, profile, which he already headed in 2018.

Profile follows a British journalist (Valene Kane) when she goes undercover to lure and expose a terrorist recruiter (Shazad Latif) through social media while trying not to be lured into being a militant extremist.

The bohemian thriller takes place entirely on a computer screen and the story seems to lend itself well to the Screenlife format as the journalist and terrorist use FaceTime to communicate. As can be seen below, she also uses Google Translate to speak his language and earn his trust.


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Bekmambetov directed Profiles himself and co-wrote the script Britt Poulton and Olga Kharina. Bekmambetov and Kharina also produced the film, which Focus Features will release in theaters on May 14th.

Sure, Profile has been sitting on a shelf for a few years, waiting for a release in the US after its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018, but I think this movie looks damn good and I love how Bekmambetov is the screen life- Format used to tell different types of genre stories. This one definitely looks unique and I’m looking forward to trying it out for myself next month.

Check out the trailer below and let me know if Focus successfully recruited you as part of the audience for Profiles, or if you’d like to skip this movie after a year of Zoom calls.

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