The opening scenes of "Jole Dobe Na" — Bengali for "Those Who Do Not Drown" — are apocalyptic. The camera moves slowly, visually documenting parts of an abandoned building, its doors and walls stripped of paint, until it reaches a large window that overlooks the courtyard. A man's voice says, "What if I told you, all this never happened. We are fine and we will be fine. [That] The whole catastrophe was a dream after all? They promised, science could do everything, cure the sick, bring Lazarus back to life…" Having lived most of the last year under COVID-induced lockdowns, these words seem to reflect our inability to grasp the "new normal" consisting of social distancing and isolation, and our collective vulnerability as humans. But "Jole" is not about the pandemic. Its actors managed to finish filming the movie shortly before the lockdown began and COVID-19 did not really influence the movie's storyline. But in the current global context, the story raises a couple of important … [Read more...] about Pondering love and loss amid COVID at the Berlinale
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YOU'D be hard to find someone who doesn't know who Eddie Murphy is. But now his daughter Bella is making a name for herself in Hollywood. Who is Eddie Murphy's daughter Bella? Bella is a 19-year-old actress, who is following in her famous father's footsteps. Her dad Eddie is a household name thanks to his long career in the movies, which includes films like Beverley Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor. The actor has 10 children, and he had Bella on January 29, 2002 with his now ex wife Nicole Mitchell . You can follow Bella on Instagram at @bellamurphy , where she has many celebrity followers including Janet Jackson. Who does Bella play in Coming To America 2? Eddie has house rules that prevent his children from working in the entertainment industry until they become legal adults. But the actor allowed daughter Bella to break out in her acting career when she was just 17. Originally having asked to be an extra in Coming 2 America, Bella explained her … [Read more...] about Who is Eddie Murphy’s daughter Bella?
Heading to a remote barren island to spend a week alone may sound like the start of a thriller, but that's exactly what Lisa Enroth signed up to do. When the Göteborg Film Festival 2021 opened up applications to watch its 60 films in the 'Isolated Cinema' on a remote island off a Swedish archipelago, the committee was inundated with 12,000 hopefuls within two weeks despite the fact that the experience meant you'd be alone on the barren island with seven days' worth of supplies, and no phone allowed. None of this deterred Lisa, a Swedish emergency nurse who's been on the frontline during Covid-19. She caught the committee's attention, and a few weeks later was making the boat trip across to island Pater Noster. So, was it strange to spend a week alone on an island like this? She told the Mirror exclusively: "Not strange. More peaceful. I tend to spend a lot of my spare time alone, especially in these strange times. The strange bit was not being able to speak to my friends at … [Read more...] about Meet the woman who went to a remote island alone to watch films for a week