Magazine article Screen International

Majid Al Ansari, Rattle the Cage

Magazine article Screen International

Majid Al Ansari, Rattle the Cage

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Emirati film-maker Majid Al Ansari's claustrophobic thriller Rattle The Cage (Zinzana) is a landmark moment in the UAE's drive to build a film industry: it embraces the type of genre film usually associated with US or European cinema.

Set in a dilapidated police station "somewhere in Arabia in the 1980s", the picture co-stars Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri as a man who finds himself in the clutches of a sadistic police deputy, played by compatriot Ali Suliman.

Its gala screening in the Muhr Emirati competition follows a premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, in September, where one critic described it as "Tarantino-esque". It went on to screen in the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Rattle The Cage is based on a screenplay by US duo Lane and Ruckus Skye, and was originally set in a southern US prison. Al Ansari came across the project while reading scripts at Abu Dhabi production company Image Nation, where he has worked for the last five years. "It was beautifully written. …

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