Amy Whittaker, a freelance journalist from London, creates a fake Facebook profile of a radicalized Muslim convert. When a professional ISIS recruiter contacts her online character, Amy comes across a unique opportunity to experience the process first hand as he sets his sights on her. But with every passing Skype call, Amy puts herself in grave danger as the border dissolves between her real and online Profile.Based on the best-selling memoir, ‘In the Skin of the Jihadist’ by French journalist Anna Erelle, the film's action unfolds entirely within the bounds of Amy's computer screen through Skype, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Profile, dir. Timur Bekmambetov; Russia, USA; 2018. Cast: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams. 105 min, 18+. In English.
Reception at 9 pm. We recommend arriving early for the best available seating. Screening begins at 9:45 pm. The film will be presented by director Timur Bekmambetov.
The Russian premiere of the film will be held as part of the third international Strelka Film Festival by Okko. The programme includes Russian and Moscow premieres of films from different countries selected by curator Stas Tyrkin. Winners of and participants in international competitions, including festivals in Cannes, Berlinale and Sundance and the Russian Kinotavr, will be presented in a series of eleven film screenings. The festival is supported by Okko, a streaming service that develops projects provoking viewers’ interest in cinema. Its’ collection includes blockbusters, popular series, short films and independent movies. Okko also supports festivals and hold special screenings.The curator of the film festival is Stas Tyrkin: film critic, member of the Moscow International Film Festival selection committee, program director of the Dvijenie festival and curator of the cinema course at the Gogol Center.