Inspired by Anna Érelle’s 2015 nonfiction bestseller, PROFILE follows an undercover British journalist in her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller plays out entirely on a computer screen in the Screenlife format, pioneered by Bekmambetov.
Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh
USA | UK | Cyprus | Russia
- "The relationship between “Melody” and “Bilel” (also an assumed name) shows the slippery nature of performed online identities, the leveraging of personal grievances into political/terrorist action, and how the immense scale of social media can essentially collectivize and weaponize alienation and anger from around the world into real world terror."
- The Playlist
- "The story is told entirely on a computer screen, through skype, social media and editing programs. And despite the restrictions of this device, the film crackles with tension."
- Screen Daily
- "Even at its most absurd, the movie is chilled by an ominous and ever-present feeling that the world has become smaller than we ever thought possible, and that real nightmares are waiting for us on the other side of every window."
- "Bekmambetov’s cumulatively hysterical film begins as a study of terror before lurching into something closer to horror."
- Berlin Int'l Film Festival
- La Roche-sur-Yon Int'l Film Festival
- SXSW Film Festival
- Washington DC Filmfest
- Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
- Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival
- Leiden Int'l Film Festival
- London Film Festival
- Zurich Film Festival
- Transatlantyk Film Festival
- Fantasia Film Festival
- Motovun Film Festival
- Strelka Film Festival