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Post by clemmetarey » January 2nd, 2019, 10:11 am

@cinewest: got it, I have you at two (2) since White Meadows was your nomination.

@max: thanks for taking the time to answer. I suspect a lack of easy accessibility and challenges are the main causes for others too. To remediate to that I had this idea while trying to sleep last night: each of us would promote a film (or two or three) that fits one, some or all of the challenges. The idea is not to nominate more than one for each challenge. This way we get more nomination, and, I hope, a higher participation.

For example, this month I would pick
-Rosenbaum : Lowlands (2009)
-Russian : Natvris khe (1977)
-Sci-fi : Baron Prásil (1962)

Or
-Rosenbaum : Lowlands (2009)
-Russian/Fantasy : Vechir na Ivana Kupalal (1968)

Thoughts anyone?

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Post by beavis » January 2nd, 2019, 10:21 am

we already have a solution for (possible) availability problems
and as for other challenges being in the way, I think it is a bit rude to commit to this and then use that as an excuse for having very low or no actual participation.
I don't participate in other challenges much precisly because I really commit when I join in these kind of games...

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Post by Daviddoes » January 2nd, 2019, 12:43 pm

2. Black Roots (1970) 7/10
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1. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997) 7.5/10
2. Black Roots (1970) 7/10

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Post by 72allinncallme » January 2nd, 2019, 12:46 pm

beavis wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 10:21 am
we already have a solution for (possible) availability problems
and as for other challenges being in the way, I think it is a bit rude to commit to this and then use that as an excuse for having very low or no actual participation.
I don't participate in other challenges much precisly because I really commit when I join in these kind of games...
Fair, but the good thing about this is that it is ongoing. I plan to see them all before September, but at my own pace :)

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Post by filmbantha » January 5th, 2019, 11:56 am

Thanks to everyone who has watched el incidente so far. I'm pleased to see the majority are enjoying it.

I haven't yet started watching any of these recommendations as I have been preoccupied with moving into my new house and decorating so my viewing time has been drastically limited. Therefore I've been prioritising world cup films for the time being as I had committed to that as a participant since last year and haven't missed a match yet. As soon as I have more time on my hands or once the world cup has concluded I'll be looking forward to delving into these films, some of which sound very intriguing.

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Post by 72allinncallme » January 24th, 2019, 7:25 pm

Gershwin wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 5:09 pm

So you guys think we should reopen nominations in a certain way?
Yes! :whistling:

4. Baby Bump (2015) (clemmetarey)
Just your typical run-of-the-mill coming of age story... :D
Nah, this was certainly something different. I enjoyed the ride. Not my cup of tea, but good tea nonetheless. And I agree with onderhond on the ‘critique on single parenting’ point. Or that young boys needs male role models in their life... or something to that effect.
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0. Black Roots (1970) (sebby) 8.5/10
0. Je t'attendrai (1939) (XxXApathy420XxX) 8.5/10
1. Babakiueria (1986) (maxwelldeux) 6.5/10
2. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997) (Carmel1379) 7/10
3. Hell Is a City (1960) (blocho) 7.5/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » January 29th, 2019, 8:32 am

For February, are any of the films Chinese and/or nominated for an Oscar? I see one from the '30s, but don't know about the other two categories...

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Post by clemmetarey » January 29th, 2019, 3:35 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 8:32 am
For February, are any of the films Chinese and/or nominated for an Oscar? I see one from the '30s, but don't know about the other two categories...
Temptress Moon is chinese, I only took a quick glance but I don't think there are any Oscar nom.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 28th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Not mainstream. Alternative Lakes.Show
1. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997, Carmel1379)
2. Black Roots (1970, sebby)
3. El Incidente (2014, filmbantha)
4. Temptress Moon (1996, Melvelet)
This was a really interesting film to watch. Really quite interesting visuals and lighting - it was very moody and gave a lot to the overall feel of the film. I didn't connect with the plot or characters so much, but I did enjoy the dark sinful decadence of it.

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 28th, 2019, 3:13 am

Not mainstream. Alternative Lakes.Show
1. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997, Carmel1379)
2. Black Roots (1970, sebby)
3. El Incidente (2014, filmbantha)
4. Temptress Moon (1996, Melvelet)
5. Je táttendrai (1939, XxXApathy420XxX)
This was great - a sweet love story set during WW1. It was a bit more subtle than contemporary films of a similar genre, and I appreciated that. I'm not entirely certain why I liked this as much as I did, other than it was just sweet and made me happy (and therefore was a nice change of pace to most of the rest of the films I've been watching for the War challenge this month). And with the love story on one hand, I liked the tension build with the other plot line about having to get back to his train on time. I thought that was paced well and kept building all the way through the end of the film. I'd happily revisit this in the future.

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Post by Jimi Antiloop » March 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm

5. The White Meadows - Keshtzar haye sepid (2009)

It's a calm film, with amazing lanscape shots and a story that mirrors symbolicly the sad core of the iranian society.
Very well done! :thumbsup:

[Edit] 8/10
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Post by Jimi Antiloop » March 30th, 2019, 2:20 pm

@Gershwin
You could refresh the participants '# of watches', once in a while.
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Post by Gershwin » March 30th, 2019, 3:35 pm

Jimi Antiloop wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 2:20 pm
@Gershwin
You could refresh the participants '# of watches', once in a while.
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Yeah, sorry, I should indeed. I've been very busy lately, not having much time for movies or iCM.
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Post by clemmetarey » March 30th, 2019, 3:43 pm

Ranking:
Mario Gaborovic: 13
Perception de Ambiguity : 11
clemmetarey: 10
beavis: 9
Onderhond: 6
Jimi Antiloop: 5
maxwelldeux: 5
72allincallme: 4
Gershwin: 3
XxXApathy420XxX: 3
zzzorf: 3
blocho: 2
Carmel1379: 2
cinewest: 2
Daviddoes: 2
Mochard: 2
sol: 2
Nathan Treadway: 1
sebby: 1


By film:
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Asha Jaoar Majhe (2014) (beavis)
clemmetarey: 6/10
Mario Gaborovic: 5/10
Onderhond: 3/5
Perception de Ambiguity: 7+

BabaKiueria (1986) (Maxwelldeux)
72allincallme: 6.5/10
beavis: 7/10
clemmetarey: 6/10
Gershwin: 7/10
Onderhond: 6/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 5
sol: Add to my 500<400 list (at #267)
zzzorf: 7/10

Baby Bump (2015) (clemmetarey)
72allincallme: ''I enjoyed the ride. Not my cup of tea, but good tea nonetheless''
beavis: 7/10
Carmel1379: 7/10
Mario Gaborovic: 2/10
Mochard: 3/10
Onderhond: 8/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 7

Black Roots (1970) (sebby)
beavis: 7.5/10
clemmetarey: 4/10
Daviddoes: 7/10
Jimi Antiloop: 7.5/10
maxwelldeux: 7/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 4+
XxXApathy420XxX: 8/10

De zee die denkt (2000) (Jimi Antiloop)
Perception de Ambiguity: 8-

Edi (2002) (Gorro)
beavis: 8/10

El incidente (2014) (filmbantha)
cinewest: 5/10
Jimi Antiloop: 8.5/10
maxwelldeux
Mochard: 7.5/10
zzzorf: 5/10

Feng yue (1996) (Melvelet)
cinewest: 8/10
clemmetarey: 5/10
Gershwin: 6/10
Mario Gaborovic: 4/10
maxwelldeux

Friends (1971) (zzzorf)
Mario Gaborovic: 7/10
sol: add it to my 500<400 ballot, but it probably won't be too high up

Hell Is a City (1960) (blocho)
72allinncallme: 7.5/10
beavis: 7.5/10

Illuminated Texts (1982) (Perception de Ambiguity)
clemmetarey: 5/10
XxXApathy420XxX: 7/10

Je t'attendrai (1939) (XxXApathy420XxX)
beavis: 8.5/10
clemmetarey: 7/10
Mario Gaborovic: 7/10
maxwelldeux
Perception de Ambiguity: 5

Keshtzar haye sepid (2009) (cinewest)
Jimi Antiloop
Nathan Treadway: will likely be on my list, but, I'm not too sure where
Perception de Ambiguity: 6

Ladybug Ladybug (1963) (sol)
blocho
clemmetarey: 5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 6.5/10
zzzorf: 8/10

Megane (2007) (albajos)
Mario Gaborovic: 4/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 6+

Models (1999) (nimimerkillinen)
beavis: 7.5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 7/10
Onderhond: 6/10

Professor Mamlock (1961) (Nathan Treadway)
beavis: 7.5/10
Jimi Antiloop: 8.5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 5.5/10

Sivi dom (1st ep.) (1984) (Mario Gaborovic)
clemmetarey: 5/10

The Cube (1969) (Daviddoes)
beavis: 7.5/10
Gershwin: 5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 5/10
Onderhond: 5/10

The Music of Chance (1993) (72allincallme)
clemmetarey: 7/10
Mario Gaborovic: 6.5/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 7 (rewatch)

This World, Then the Fireworks (1997) (Carmel1379)
72allinncallme: 7/10
blocho: not great but I enjoyed it
Daviddoes: 7.5/10
Jimi Antiloop: 1.5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 3/10
maxwelldeux: 8/10
Onderhond: 6/10
sebby: 3/10

Tokyo.sora (2002) (Onderhond)
Carmel1379: 3/10
clemmetarey: 5/10
Mario Gaborovic: 6-6.5/10
Perception de Ambiguity: 3

Über die Jahre (2015) (Gershwin)
Perception de Ambiguity: 7
XxXApathy420XxX: 8/10

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#135

Post by Nathan Treadway » March 30th, 2019, 4:23 pm

I've also seen Ladybug, Ladybug. It'll definitely be on my list. I'm going to do my best to get through the rest of them within the next couple weeks. :)

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm

Not mainstream. Alternative Lakes.Show
1. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997, Carmel1379)
2. Black Roots (1970, sebby)
3. El Incidente (2014, filmbantha)
4. Temptress Moon (1996, Melvelet)
5. Je táttendrai (1939, XxXApathy420XxX)
6. Megane AKA Glasses (2007, albajos)
This is a perfect antidote to the war challenge this month... a slow contemplative piece about becoming at peace with oneself. I did find myself "twilighting" during the film, but I think that was part of its charm. Not much plot to speak of, but a slow sweet film with some great shots of beaches and the ocean and sunsets. I didn't really "get" it, but I enjoyed the film-watching experience.

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 30th, 2019, 6:49 pm

Also, if y'all haven't noticed, I have a Bonus game for the official April DtC challenge which is basically this challenge - so come play and promote your films!

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Post by albajos » March 31st, 2019, 10:17 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm
6. Megane AKA Glasses (2007, albajos)
Wrong challenge, me thinks

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 31st, 2019, 5:26 pm

albajos wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 10:17 am
maxwelldeux wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm
6. Megane AKA Glasses (2007, albajos)
Wrong challenge, me thinks
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No? It's the 6th one I've watched from the list in the OP...

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Post by albajos » March 31st, 2019, 7:24 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 5:26 pm
albajos wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 10:17 am
maxwelldeux wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 6:48 pm
6. Megane AKA Glasses (2007, albajos)
Wrong challenge, me thinks
:mw_confused:

No? It's the 6th one I've watched from the list in the OP...
ah, it's also a DTC nominee :whistling:

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Post by beavis » March 31st, 2019, 9:07 pm

very nice nominating a movie and then just forgetting all about it...
not that anyone is playing…. :)

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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 31st, 2019, 9:10 pm

beavis wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 9:07 pm
very nice nominating a movie and then just forgetting all about it...
not that anyone is playing…. :)
WC is soon over so I'm getting back to this... Not that 0-1 film checkers would do the same, though.

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Post by 72allinncallme » March 31st, 2019, 9:29 pm

I watched the first episode of Sivi dom a while a go. Didn’t find it interesting enough to continue watching though. Might try again later.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 31st, 2019, 10:11 pm

72allinncallme wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 9:29 pm
I watched the first episode of Sivi dom a while a go. Didn’t find it interesting enough to continue watching though. Might try again later.
Thank you, anyway. :thumbsup:

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Post by filmbantha » April 2nd, 2019, 9:41 pm

I watched hell in the city tonight which was a solid 7/10. A gripping thriller with a great performance from Stanley Baker. Having lived in Manchester it was fascinating to step back in time to see recognisable locations and how they used to look.

I'm curious if many of the selected films for this challenge have been voted for dtc? I'm keen to flesh out my ballot for that where possible.

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 2nd, 2019, 9:52 pm

filmbantha wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 9:41 pm
I watched hell in the city tonight which was a solid 7/10. A gripping thriller with a great performance from Stanley Baker. Having lived in Manchester it was fascinating to step back in time to see recognisable locations and how they used to look.

I'm curious if many of the selected films for this challenge have been voted for dtc? I'm keen to flesh out my ballot for that where possible.
Yes - most have (and come play in the DtC Nominees challenge this month)! In no particular order, here are the DTC noms from this list:

Professor Mamlock
Ladybug Ladybug
Illuminated Texts
Music of Chance
The Sea that Thinks
Tokyo.Sora
The White Meadows
Labour of Love
Black Roots
Je t'attendrai
Megane
Babakiueria
El Incidente
This World, Then the Fireworks

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Post by Jimi Antiloop » April 3rd, 2019, 4:51 am

And i forgot to rate The White Meadows in my ballot. Thanks for this overview and reminding me of that.
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Post by filmbantha » April 3rd, 2019, 12:25 pm

Thanks for the info Maxwell, that's really useful. I'll be joining the official dtc noms challenge shortly :)

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Post by albajos » April 3rd, 2019, 8:25 pm

01. Black Roots (1970) West Germany | Sweden | USA 27 checks [Sebby]

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Post by filmbantha » April 5th, 2019, 9:10 am

2. The sea that thinks - an unconventional exploration of illusion and identity that delves into some heavy philosophical ideas. I was initially enthralled by the surreal, dream-like narrative and it provoked a lot of introspection. However, my interest began to wane around the half way point, as the promising start meandered into absurdity and never fulfilled its potential. An intriguing experience but not one I can ever see myself returning to - 5/10

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Post by Jimi Antiloop » April 7th, 2019, 11:36 pm

filmbantha wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 9:10 am
2. The sea that thinks - However, my interest began to wane around the half way point, as the promising start meandered into absurdity and never fulfilled its potential.
Just wonder if you really got the end. Beside you probably would see the second half in a different light.
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Post by filmbantha » April 8th, 2019, 1:11 pm

Thanks for commenting Jimi. My understanding of the ending may have been clouded by my limited knowledge of philosophy. A lot of the ideas presented throughout the film were new to me, some very captivating, and others not so much so. I have read a handful of reviews of the film and the praise for it does seem to be consistent, however, I am yet to be convinced that a second viewing would be worthwhile for me in this instance.

I would love to hear your interpretation of the ending if you are happy to share your thoughts on it. There have been times where I have reassessed my view of a film based on realisations of deeper meanings that may have eluded me on a first viewing, so any further explanations would be welcome :)

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Post by Jimi Antiloop » April 9th, 2019, 8:01 pm

filmbantha wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 1:11 pm
I would love to hear your interpretation of the ending if you are happy to share your thoughts on it.
As I interpreted it, the second half is a contradiction to what is said about meaning, reality, illusion from the first part, he revises his philosphical ideas. But with the very end, he disproofs his own revision. So the statement is at least to go back to what was in my eyes brilliantly reflected in the fist part. With this, the film also gives a statement torwards relativistic patterns, that are circulating arround in different philosphies, religions and world views.

You are right, that movie is so full of thought and ideas, it's hard to follow and reflect at the same time. I really I like that kind of tempo and waterfall of meaning. It's like listening to a whole knowledge rap album. You must spin the record several times to find and keep all the small and maybe also kind of hidden details in a longer memory, to get the whole perspective of the artists intentions. Or you are already super well trained in thinking fast for long distance and you know all the specific terms and topics showing up.

Therefore books can be the much better and more patient medium for the consumer/thinker.
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Post by filmbantha » April 10th, 2019, 6:19 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jimi, it has certainly made me contemplate the film's ending further. Hopefully more people will watch The Sea That Thinks, any film that promotes discussion or thought is a good thing and I would love to see how others react to it/interpret its ideas.

I note that you are a fan of Waking Life as per your disappointment with its drop in the ICM Favourites list. That is a philosophical film that I am really enthusiastic about, and have revisited many times, perhaps because it is more accessible than the sea that thinks. The animation in particular appeals to me as well due to my love of rotoscoping that started from a fascination with Bakshi's Lord of the rings as a young boy.

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Post by Jimi Antiloop » April 11th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Yeah, Waking Life is my second most watched film with arround 10 times. Also the film I like most to watch with other people, to have a reflection over the topics with them afterwards.

It was just the 7th time watching, that I really counciously recognised, that Linklater himself telling actually a story about Phillip K. Dick (whos books and biography I explored in detail little before), while playing at the pinball machine. Before it was just an amazing story. But with this background info of PkD in extra, it was just even more. It really is like "James Cole" states it in 12 Monkeys, films are changing over the time, because you are changing and see different details in it.
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Post by albajos » May 1st, 2019, 9:58 am

02. The Music of Chance (1993) USA 95 checks [72allinncallme]

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01. Black Roots (1970) West Germany | Sweden | USA 27 checks [Sebby]

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 2nd, 2019, 12:43 am

Just FYI for the official challenge plyaers, no Westerns on the list, but Temptress Moon was in competition at Cannes, and White Meadows is Iranian.

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Post by cinewest » May 3rd, 2019, 1:55 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 12:43 am
Just FYI for the official challenge plyaers, no Westerns on the list, but Temptress Moon was in competition at Cannes, and White Meadows is Iranian.
Just re-watched White Meadows a couple of nights ago on Amazon prime and found it every bit as good as the first time I saw it.

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 31st, 2019, 3:37 am

Not mainstream. Alternative Lakes.Show
1. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997, Carmel1379)
2. Black Roots (1970, sebby)
3. El Incidente (2014, filmbantha)
4. Temptress Moon (1996, Melvelet)
5. Je táttendrai (1939, XxXApathy420XxX)
6. Megane AKA Glasses (2007, albajos)
7. The Music of Chance (1993, 72allinncallme)
8. The White Meadows (2009, cinewest)

There is quite a bit to like in this one. The shot structure and cinematography were quite nice - I just wish the copy on Amazon Prime were higher quality. The stark bright whites added to the desolateness of the film. The slow pacing with tons of rowing scenes allowed for the contemplative nature of the film to really sink in, which was especially important given the subject matter. Unfortunately, it's the sort of dreamy fantasy-esque film genre that never seems to land for me. I definitely appreciated the watch, but it was only fair for me.

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Post by maxwelldeux » May 31st, 2019, 10:28 pm

For the June challenges, I'm not seeing anything from the 1950s or on the Banned Films list (if any of these were widely banned, please let me know). But four of them are from Eastern Europe:

Baby Bump
Edi
Professor Mamlock
Sivi Dom

I'll try and get to all of these this month.

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