Magazine article Screen International

'Rattle the Cage (Zinzana)': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Rattle the Cage (Zinzana)': Review

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Dir. Majid Al Ansari. UAE/Jordan, 2015, 95 mins.

Set entirely inside an unidentified, claustrophobic prison cell in 1987, the UAE's Zinzana (Rattle The Cage) is a cat-and-mouse drama with potential appeal for local audiences when it opens in Middle Eastern territories this week, although its restricted visual scope and broad-stroke performances could limit international prospects.

Produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and featuring the head of the Abu Dhabi film festival Ali Al Jabri in a cameo, this directorial debut of young Majid Al Ansari is one of the opening films at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Al Ansari takes on a familiar, almost stage-bound script by Ruckus and Lane Skye and colours it in with a larger-than-life central performance by Ali Suliman, aiming for a Middle-Eastern-Western in an almost mythical yarn. Set in one room throughout, Zinzana also stars fellow Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri as Talal Mohammad, a man who wakes up to find himself behind bars "somewhere in Arabia" in the 1980s (a calendar points to 1987, although this has little effect on what is about to transpire).

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