There is a sentence that ends the first episode of “Labyrinth of peace‘(‘ Frieden ’), a series that landed on Filmin this Tuesday, which is quite revealing in the gap that Switzerland finds itself in at the end of WWII: that “For Switzerland, the war begins now” confirms to the viewer the delicate panorama that the neutral country faced.
Set in mid-1945, the fiction starts from two parallel situations: on the one hand the welcome of young Jews freed from the German concentration camps, he tests the hospitality of the Swiss, who see them as a burden; on the other, the country looks like a juicy paradise for wealthy nazis, who see that as long as they do not commit a crime in the country they can live comfortably in it. All this in a context of economic crisis when losing his greatest partner.
A rather unknown question that caught the attention of Petra volpe, creator of the series, for how it did not marry (and stained) with the apparently neat history of the country. The filmmaker is in charge of bringing out this episode in history in a vintage blockbuster that takes us back to those first post-war weeks.
Rich Nazi, poor Jew
Throughout six episodes, “Labyrinth of Peace” puts focus on three frames. On the one hand Klara (Annina Walt) works in an institution that houses young holocaust survivors, received with suspicion; Johann (Max Hubacher) struggles to keep his father-in-law’s company afloat and will soon find that the solution lies in making a pact with the devil; Egon, for his part, begins to work in the Attorney General’s Office chasing down fugitive Nazis, but will discover that in practice there is a lot of the blind eye.
It is always difficult to get close, due to how unattractive that “fourth act” seems a priori. That what happens after the action, when the conflict ends and you have to deal with the consequences. Volpe puts a certain effort in this “new normal” with the circumstance of the neutrality of the scene in the war.
The country has to be supportive and humanitarian more for the neighborhood and for not getting into international trouble than for pure charity. That ’45 Switzerland reflects the Europe of the refugee crisis of not so long ago, that principle of solidarity that is seen, as far as possible, upset by economic considerations and interests.
A calm series with a somewhat precarious balance
That message transcends in ‘Labyrinth of Peace’, so much so that even the business card of the series has a paper bow tie made from a banknote. In this way Volpe’s script is very forward he wants to count on and rarely deviates from exploring how the country treats Jews and Nazis and how there are always opportunists and who wants to get a slice of the end of the war.
Mike Schaerer’s direction is not overly inventive and always adapts to the sophisticated standards of television. The script, on the other hand, does not finish integrating the individual frames well into the whole. Beyond the fact that one is more emotional than the other, trying to give them the same weight paradoxically causes interest to become unbalanced. Here it is true that it depends on each viewer, since there will be some who connect more with Klara’s plot and others with Egon’s, but it is too easy to lose interest if one does not manage to permeate.
“Labyrinth of peace” is, in general terms, a solid period drama that takes on a little-known reality and he brings it to light not so much as a knock on the table, but as a quiet exposition of that uncomfortable truth and how those postwar moments were lived. Although a certain moderation and sobriety is always welcome, sometimes the series asks for something more forceful.
Two queens for Marvel: Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke join ‘Secret Invasion’, the series about the Skrulls for Disney +
‘Secret Invasion’ just added two queens and I think we can already talk about one of the most interesting projects of Wonderful. Olivia colman, monarch in “The Favorite” and “The Crown”, and Emilia clarke, the queen of “Game of Thrones”, are about to join the series that Marvel Studios is preparing for Disney +.
The two actresses would join a cast that already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Let’s remember that Mendelsohn was already presented as the Skrull Talos in ‘Captain Marvel’, where he coincided with Jackson giving life to a younger version of the Nick Fury that we had seen until then (the film took place in the 90s).
As for Kingsley, Ben-Adir (not to be confused with veteran Ben Kingsley) is playing the villain, but no details about the character have been revealed. I’d bet on a crazy Skrull leader who wants to win back the honor of his people and conquer Earth to make it his new home.
There is also no information on the story beyond that it revolves around the Skrulls, a race of aliens who change in a way have been using their abilities for years to infiltrate Earth. This may explain the strange behavior of some celebrities …
“Secret Invasion” is written by Kyle bradstreet And, at the moment, it does not have a release date but it is expected to be ready by 2022.
Square Enix Says Company Not For Sale Following Acquisition Rumors
Square Enix has said it will not consider selling the company, and has not received any offers after a report indicated that “multiple” potential buyers were interested in an acquisition.
CTFN reported that two bankers had indicated that several potential buyers were interested in buying the developer / publisher behind Final Fantasy and Outriders. The news was subsequently reported by Bloomberg Japan, prompting Square Enix to respond.
“Bloomberg reported today that there is interest from various buyers in acquiring Square Enix,” a press release reads. “However, this report is not based on any announcement by Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. We do not consider selling the company or any part of its business, nor have we received any offer from a third party to acquire the company or any part of its business. deal. “.
Of course, both sides of this story may be true: There may well be Square Enix stakeholders, and Square Enix may not be willing to sell the company. That said, analyst David Gibson pointed to the idea that they could be bankers trying to “boost business” at Square Enix.
To back Gibson’s idea, Bloomberg later reported that Square Enix shares rose 12% after the report was released, its biggest rise in eight months.
Video game acquisitions have been big business recently. In fact, in the last year alone, Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion. For its part, Epic Games bought Mediatonic (Fall Guys) and EA acquired Codemasters after Take-Two showed interest in the developer.
What’s more, Japan has been seen as the natural next step for some of the major gaming companies. And Xbox CEO Phil Spencer recently denied the idea that Microsoft was in contact with various developers in Japan for possible acquisitions. On the other hand, Sony has had to counter the idea that the company is bypassing Japan, although we have recently seen the historic Japan Studio reorganize the company this year, causing a massive exodus of developers.
Amazon cancels MMORPG Lord of the Rings after dispute with Tencent
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.” Amazon has canceled its MMORPG game set in The Lord of the Rings that was originally announced in 2019.
As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon Game Studios was developing the game with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, a Chinese studio that was bought by Tencent in December 2020.
Negotiations between Amazon and Tencent have sparked a dispute that has ended resulting in the cancellation of the game.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.”
The development team will be moving to other projects, and Amazon shared its disappointment at not being able to carry out this ambitious project.
“We love the Lord of the Rings franchise and are disappointed that we are unable to bring this game to fans,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
This game joins Breakaway and Crucible as other projects canceled by Amazon Game Studios, which in turn was the subject of another Bloomberg report detailing the dysfunction and struggles the studio has been grappling with in the recent past.
Amazon is still working on an MMORPG in development called New World, although so far it has been subject to several delays and is now scheduled to launch next August 2021. We were able to test New World a few months ago and we will tell you what this ambitious looked like draft.
For fans disappointed by this cancellation, they should know that Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online is still running and they can still look forward to the series that Amazon is developing for Prime Video, in addition to the Lord of the Rings: Gollum game that is. also outside. Developing.