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Abel Ferrara Reveals Plans For "The DSK Affair" Film - Starring Gerard Depardieu

The rumors are real: Rebel film director Abel Ferrara plans to shoot a film about the Dominique Strass-Kahn sex scandal with legendary French actor Gerard Depardieu as the lead. Filming could begin as early as June, Ferrara has told Le Monde.

A French connection?
A French connection?
Isabelle Regnier

PARIS - The rumor seemed so unlikely it was almost forgotten: that American director Abel Ferrara was making a film about "the DSK Affair" with Gérard Depardieu in the starring role and Isabelle Adjani cast as his wife.

Yet the New York-based director is sticking with the idea. On the eve of the American premiere of 4:44 - Last Day on Earth (a film that marks Ferrara's return to work after a five-year absence) the well known director is in Paris to promote Go Go Tales, which was screened in Cannes in 2007 but not released at the time for legal reasons.

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

Clemens Wergin

For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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