Film fests grave proposition Watch scifi film from inside a coffin

first_imgTo mark its 40th anniversary, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will hold “an extremely intimate screening” of a sci-fi movie. How intimate? Well, let’s just say coffins don’t generally have a ton of space for stretching. The video teaser for the “world’s most claustrophobic cinema” shows a terrified-looking Meghan Markle lookalike walking through dark corridors until she comes upon a cavernous room containing a single sarcophagus. The footage then shows her from the inside of the tomb, breathing heavily, touching the top of the small, dark compartment with shaky hands and definitely not looking like she’s enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the cinema. Post a comment Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 0 Aniara, the film that viewers will watch in the confined space, is a 2018 adaptation of a science fiction poem by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson about space colonists who leave an Earth ravaged by extreme weather, only to find cosmic travel presents its own problems. In the 106-minute Swedish movie, a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. Watching the action from the custom-made sarcophagus will presumably give viewers a sense of what’s it like to be alone in space, totally isolated from the outside world. It might feel lonely and restrictive in the box, but at least you won’t have to deal with those annoying audience members who spend the whole film talking and texting. “We want to explore what happens when you watch a film in extreme conditions,” the festival says of the experience, which runs at the international fest in Gothenburg from Jan. 27-31. The Göteborg Film Festival attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually, according to the website, though only a limited number will get to swap a seat for a sarcophagus. Those interested in the opportunity can share their email on the festival site for a chance to get a ticket. The site doesn’t list a price, but I’ve reached out to the festival for comment.  “Limited space available,” the video teaser ends (get it?). “Book now.” Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers.last_img read more

Combating deadly dengue Remain vigilant throughout the year says KMC message

Combating deadly dengue Remain vigilant throughout the year says KMC message

first_imgKolkata: To prevent dengue, remain vigilant and alert from January to December. This is the slogan given by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) before the mega rally scheduled to be held in Kolkata on February 2.The civic authorities have successful brought down the number of dengue cases to one third because of round-the-clock vigil and sustained campaign. There will be altogether 145 rallies in Kolkata on February 2. Of these, 144 rallies will be held in the wards while the central rally will be organised at the KMC headquarters on S N Banerjee Road. To make them a grand success, Atin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Health department, along with senior officials sat down with the representatives of 14 NGOs who have been requested to send their representatives in the rallies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMayor Firhad Hakim will lead the central rally which will be taken out at 10 am. The participants will carry placards, festoons to create awareness against the vector-borne disease. The rally will march through Lenin Sarani, Wellington Square, S N Banerjee Road and will end at the KMC headquarters. People from all walks of life including the MLAs and celebrities will be invited to join the rally. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s slogan to combat dengue is “Dengue prevention is everybody’s concern,” said a senior civic official. He said the KMC teams comprising senior officials of the health, building and Solid Waste Management (SWM) departments visit state and Centre-run offices, hospitals and employees quarters. They also visit private housing complexes and inspect the overhead tanks, underground reservoirs and garbage removal systems. The official said people will be requested to visit the dengue centres where blood samples are tested free and medicines given to the patients. There are around 16 dengue detection centres in the city.last_img read more

Former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta harassed by group of youths 7 held

Former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta harassed by group of youths 7 held

first_imgKolkata: Former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly harassed by some youths late on Monday night while she was on her way home with one of her colleagues in a cab.The accused youths allegedly followed her all the way to the area where she lived and tried to get her out of the car. When she screamed for help, the youths fled. Later, police arrested seven youths. According to Sengupta’s post on Facebook, on Monday night, near Exide crossing towards Elgin, a few youths, who were riding a bike without helmets, hit her cab from behind. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey allegedly blocked her way and started yelling at the driver. Within a few minutes more youths appeared in the spot and started banging on the car window. They also dragged the driver out of the cab and started beating him. Sensing danger, Sengupta ran to Maidan police station, which was close to the spot to sought help of the police. When a police officer approached, the youths fled. The youths followed Sengupta and her colleague even when they reached near home. They had blocked her way and pelted stones on the car windshield. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe accused youths even tried to break her mobile phone when she was recording the incident. When Sengupta shouted for help, some local residents arrived to help her. Seeing the locals, the youths fled the spot. Following the incident late on Monday night, Sengupta along with the cab driver went to Charu Market police station and lodged a complaint against the accused youths. After lodging the case, cops checked the CCTV camera footage of the road and arrested seven youths.last_img read more