"Beasts of No Nation," Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama, is the first Netflix feature film to be included in competition for a major film prize. Fukunaga spent more than a decade developing his project to make a film about child soldiers, an issue he first became interested in when studying neo-colonialism as an undergraduate.
A television series about Russia's fictional takeover of Norway's abundant oil and gas resources has vexed Moscow, which says it has had enough of being portrayed as an aggressor. The 10-episode series "Okkupert" ("Occupied"), which is to air in Norway starting next month, has ruffled Russian diplomats' feathers amid already existing tensions between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine. "It's definitely very regrettable that in the... 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II, the authors of the series -- as if they had forgotten about the heroic contribution of the Soviet army in the liberation of northern Norway from Nazi occupants -- decided in the worst Cold War traditions to frighten the Norwegian audience with a non-existing threat from the east," Russia's ambassador in Oslo, Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, told AFP in an email.