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ACCLAIMED Australian director Benedict Andrews talks to the BBC about his current play air max 2017 sale online , his debut film and the “brave” actors in both.

As Alfred Hitchcock proved in “Psycho,” the humble bathroom shower can be used to generate spine-tingling tension and blood-curdling horror.

Yet it also has a metaphorical resonance — a place where sins can be purged, scars can be healed and mistakes of the past can be symbolically expunged.

On the basis of two of his current artistic projects, the Australian director would appear to be of much the same mind.

In his West End production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof air max sale online ,” the character of Brick — played by Jack O’Connell — is introduced slumped in a shower, his right foot encased in a plaster cast.

O’Connell’s co-star Sienna Miller is also called upon to bare all during a staging of Tennessee Williams’ classic that is certainly no place for the prim or the prudish.

In Andrews’ first film “Una,” meanwhile, the title character — played by Rooney Mara — is also seen under the shower nike air max 2018 sale outlet , determinedly scrubbing away the painful memory of a loveless sexual encounter.

Both works, needless to say, require the actors in question to abandon all modesty in scenes that leave little or nothing to the audience’s imagination.

Yet just as apparent in both endeavors is an emotional rawness that is, in its own way nike air max 2017 sale outlet , no less exposing.

“It’s a truly special, unguarded, very brave performance,” says Andrews of Mara’s work in “Una.” “I admire Rooney because her performances are always extremely raw and very honest.”

DAMASCUS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army captured a district in the old quarter of the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, as part of a major offensive the army has recently unleashed to dislodge the rebels from that key city, a military source told Xinhua.

The military forces wrested control over the Farafira neighborhood, located northeast of the time-honored Aleppo Citadel, in the ancient quarter of the city, following battles with the rebels, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The bomb squad is now combing the neighborhood to defuse and dismantle any roadside bombs, he added.

The victory in Farafira comes as part of a wide-scale offensive the Syrian army recently unleashed to drive out the rebels from their strongholds in the eastern part of Aleppo city.

A day earlier, the Syrian military advised civilians in rebel-held areas to stay away from the rebel positions, just days after giving the civilians an option to abandon eastern Aleppo and join the government-controlled areas in the western part of the city.

State news agency SANA said tens of families left eastern Aleppo, and many rebels surrendered their weapons.

Aleppo had seen a brief truce a couple of weeks ago, but the international tension between Russia and the United States has ended the truce without extending it.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a recent interview that his army is determined to restore the entire Aleppo city from the rebels.

The battles in Aleppo are so important that the city is now compared to Stalingrad, which turned the tide of World War II.

Aleppo has a strategic importance for the warring parties due to its location near the Turkish borders, and being Syria's largest province and once the economic hub of Syria.

NAIROBI nike air max sale outlet , Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Lilian Kasait on Wednesday showed her confidence in winning the fifth African cross-country championships 2018 in Algeria.

Kasait, who was third at this year's World Cross Country Championships, her debut season as a senior, said the continental championships and the Commonwealth Games will be the two events she needs to focus on in 2018.

"I am happy with the way my form is picking up. Last year was not good because I missed out to claim a spot in the Kenya team to London World Championships. But am happy with the way I have started the season winning in Wareng air max 2018 sale outlet , Eldoret," she said Wednesday from Eldoret.

The 20-year-old hopes she will have the breath to withstand the challenge from seasoned runners like Alice Aprot, the silver medalist in World cross and Agnes Tirop.

Also angling for the Africa cross country title will be Emmanuel Kiprono, who beat Alfred Barkach to win the men' s race at the Wareng Cross country in Eldoret last weekend.

"The first hurdle is always to make Kenya team. But I want to do well and win a major race in 2018 air max 2017 sale outlet ," said Kiprono.

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting opened Tuesday in Davos, a ski resort town of Switzerland air max sale outlet , with heads of state and government calling for 2018 to be the year of collaboration and multilateralism to address major global challenges like climate change, terrorism and protectionism.

During his speech at the opening plenary of WEF 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said climate change tops the list of common challenges faced by today's world, but the world has done little so far to tackle the greatest threat to all human civilizations.

He said the world needs to step up cooperation to cope with the issue and change the fundamental mindset from "greed-based consumption" to "frugal consumption" so as to avoid over exploitation of the nature and achieve "harmony between men and nature."

Modi's appeal was echoed by the president of the Swiss Confederation nike air max 2018 sale clearance , Alain Berset, who sees climate change, terrorism, and peace and security as the major fractures in today's world.

And his solution is made clear -- keep promoting multilateralism and free trade to build a fair society in which resentment and anger are eased nike air max 2017 sale clearance , everybody's social status elevated, and the overall social equation improved.

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