Incendiary new Netflix film 'Athena' wants to burn the whole system down

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Sami Slimane (center) arsenic  Karim, the fiery younker  astatine  the bosom  of Romain Gavras' thriler "Athena."

Anywhere But Hollywood highlights what's caller and worthy watching successful planetary TV and film. This period the spotlight is connected French thriller "Athena," Senegalese enactment flick "Saloum" and Iranian play "No Bears."

(CNN)French writer-director Romain Gavras wants your attention, and similar Karim, the fiery younker astatine the bosom of his 3rd diagnostic "Athena," he's consenting to spell to utmost lengths to get it.

Within "Athena's" archetypal 10 minutes we witnesser a tense property league erupt into violence, a raid connected a constabulary presumption by aggravated youths and a thrilling contention backmost to their municipality fortress with pillaged goods. Only aft a barrage of breathless enactment and mind-boggling camerawork, erstwhile they equine the barricades successful victory, does the manager determine to telephone cut.

Gavras and his cinematographer Matias Boucard person concocted an all-timer of a tracking changeable to footwear disconnected this caller Netflix thriller, tailor-made to drawback audiences by the throat. It's the benignant of agelong instrumentality that makes the opening of "Touch of Evil" look similar it could've pulled its socks up; that makes the raid successful "True Detective" look similar a locomotion successful the park. It's an adrenaline changeable to the bosom and sets a gait intolerable to maintain. But crossed 97 relentless, exhilarating minutes, this movie is going to try.

    Karim (played by newcomer Sami Slimane) is grieving the nonaccomplishment of his younger brother, beaten to decease by uniformed officers -- the 3rd lawsuit of constabulary brutality successful 2 months astatine Athena, an impoverished assemblage connected the outskirts of Paris. He wants names but the constabulary contradict responsibility. Their member Abdel (Dali Benssalah, "No Time To Die") is simply a worker pleading for peace, portion oldest member Koktar (Ouassini Embarek) is simply a cause trader disquieted a riot volition beryllium atrocious for business. Karim, meanwhile, has emerged arsenic a figurehead acceptable to instrumentality a procreation to battle.

      "Athena" depicts societal  unrest aft  the decease  of a teen   done  the eyes of his 3  brothers.

      Soon aft the raid, constabulary descend connected Athena to look down the youths. Caught successful betwixt are their parents and extended families. The movie questions their passivity portion asking sympathy for them, arsenic good arsenic Jerome (Anthony Bajon), a frightened serviceman sent into the fray. But chiefly we're channelling Karim's righteous anger, unpersuaded by his brothers' interventions.

      Gavras and co-writers Ladj Ly and Elias Belkeddar archer the communicative of the siege that follows astir wholly wrong Athena's factual labyrinth, gathering astir a bid of agelong takes emphasizing the chaos of moving skirmishes and Karim's makeshift plans. Filmed with IMAX cameras, Molotov cocktails and Roman candles motorboat into the night; masses of bodies capable corridors, contention crossed rooftops and clang into 1 different to the dependable of a baroque score.

      What if the Trojan War took spot successful a Parisian lodging estate? It mightiness look similar this. With its clashing brothers, mythologized men and epic consciousness of scale, "Athena" is reminiscent of Greek tragedies of old. Yet its pains are rooted successful the contiguous -- and they're keenly felt. It's a bravura portion of cinema from a wide down the camera; 1 that inevitably calls attraction to the creation of warfare that is filmmaking itself. The logistics of it each makes the caput spin.

        "Athena" is successful prime cinemas present and is disposable connected Netflix September 23.

        The interview: Romain Gavras, writer-director

        Director Romain Gavras attends the photocall for "Athena" astatine  the 79th Venice International Film Festival connected  September 2.

        Gavras, an alum of euphony videos including Kanye West and Jay-Z's "No Church successful the Wild," is nary alien to capturing an uprising. But he's ne'er done it astatine this standard earlier -- nary wonderment helium cites epics similar Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" and Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" arsenic inspirations for "Athena."

        "There's nary CGI successful the film, we bash everything for real," Gavras says. "The planning, weirdly, was astir subject and precise precise to make chaos successful beforehand of the camera."

        To perceive much from the writer-director, read our afloat interview.

        One to watercourse now: "Saloum"

        Renaud Farah, Roger Sallah, Mentor Ba, Yann Gael are connected  the tally  successful  "Saloum."

        Congolese filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot delivers a lively midnight movie astir 3 mercenaries connected the tally successful a distant country of Senegal. Yann Gael, Roger Sallah and Mentor Ba entertain arsenic pugnacious feline gunslingers, but their cocksure cognition is tested erstwhile a paranormal foe threatens them and their stash of gold. Herbulot's twisty neo-Western (a "Southern," helium calls it) packs plentifulness of themes and undead West African past into its choky runtime. The spectre of colonialism and the exploitation of radical and spot loom large, offering a sombre note. Nevertheless, it's bully pulpy amusive with a fierce imaginativeness and eye-catching ocular flair.

        "Saloum" is disposable connected Shudder in the US.

        One to bookmark for later: "No Bears"

        Jafar Panahi, the writer, manager  and prima  of "No Bears."

        Every caller Jafar Panahi movie feels similar a tiny miracle. The Iranian manager has been banned from leaving the state and from making films for much than a decade, yet he's continued to find a way. In "No Bears," Panahi plays a mentation of himself who's travelled to a borderline colony to remotely nonstop a movie successful neighboring Turkey. He becomes trapped successful a section dispute, accused of photographing a couple's illicit encounter, the pistillate having been promised to another. Meanwhile, the real-life mates successful his movie plots an exodus. Borders of each kinds loom large. Harried by villagers who dainty him and his camera with suspicion, and with authorities asking questions, the manager weighs what spot mightiness beryllium champion for him.

        Mulling the perils of reflection and the unforeseen consequences of making art, "No Bears" is simply a richly layered metafiction, typically self-reflexive and inseparable from its context. Circumstances person transformed Panahi's filmmaking into an enactment of dissent. This whitethorn beryllium his champion and astir defiant enactment from this period. It's besides the astir poignant. Panahi was arrested and imprisoned successful July to service a antecedently unenforced six-year condemnation for "propaganda against the system," per Reuters.

          At the Venice Film Festival successful September, wherever the movie won a Special Jury Prize, an empty spot was reserved for the manager aft its premiere. "Our fearfulness empowers others," a quality tells the manager successful "No Bears." Panahi has demonstrated his bravery erstwhile again.

          "No Bears" has its US premiere astatine the New York Film Festival in October.

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