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Céline Sciamma: ‘In France, they don’t find the film hot. They think it lacks flesh, it’s not erotic’

The Guardian Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire should carry a health warning: “This film may cause uncontrollable swooning.” Everywhere the French director’s period lesbian romance has been screened – 40 film festivals in total, from Cannes to Aspen and Zurich – it has produced a dizzied, infatuated reaction of the sort not […]

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Caroline Flack’s death shows how social media has democratised cruelty | Richard Seymour

The Guardian The days after the death of Caroline Flack have seen an admirably sober, reflective mood on the part of politicians and the public. Labour leadership candidates are denouncing press intrusion and calling for regulation of social media, while Downing Street wants social media firms to be more proactive in removing “unacceptable content”. Journalists […]

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Iran’s leaders warn low turnout in election will boost Trump

The Guardian Iran’s senior leaders flooded the media with eve-of-poll warnings that abstentions in Friday’s parliamentary elections – either through indifference or as a protest – will only encourage Donald Trump to step up economic sanctions against Tehran. The one-week period of officially sanctioned campaigning for a seat in the next five year parliament ended […]

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Tokyo Olympics: dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony

The Guardian Japan’s commitment to the rights of its indigenous people has been questioned after organisers of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics dropped a performance by members of the Ainu ethnic minority from the Games’ opening ceremony. Members of the Ainu community, originally from Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, had been expecting to showcase their culture […]