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PROFILE

by Timur Bekmambetov

synopsis

In order to investigate the recruitment of young European women by ISIS, journalist Amy Whittaker creates a new Facebook profile. Posing as a convert named ‘Melody Nelson’ she contacts ISIS fighter Bilel in Syria. Sitting on the sofa, her hair hidden by a hijab, she chats for hours as this charismatic British man with Pakistani roots describes his everyday life as a jihadist, cooks with her, and pays her compliments. He quickly gets to the point: while Amy is secretly recording their conversations for an investigative TV show, he urges her to fly to Syria and become his wife. Switching ever more swiftly between reality and the tapestry of lies she has constructed in her conversations with Bilel, Amy finds herself becoming dangerously enthralled by him.

original title: Profile
country: United States, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Russian Federation
sales agent: Endeavor Content (US)
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
film run: 105'
screenplay: Timur Bekmambetov, Brittany Poulton, Olga Kharina
cast: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh, Morgan Watkins
film editing: Andrey Shugaev
art director: Ben Smith
costumes designer: Varya Avdyushko
producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Olga Kharina
executive producer: Adam Sidman, Rick Sobalvarro, Maria Zatulovskaya, Igor Tsay
production: Bazelevs (US)