39 films from 30 countries to be showcased in DTFF's Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings Programme
- Qatar: Sunday, October 28 - 2012 at 11:56
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), the annual cultural event of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), will showcase 21 films in the Contemporary World Cinema section and 12 Special Screenings at its fourth edition to be held from November 17 - 24, 2012. With representation from 30 countries, this year DTFF's Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings programme will feature 29 MENA (Middle East and North Africa) premieres.
His Excellency Mr Issa Bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, DTFF Vice Chair, said, "The selection of films from around the world this year underlines our commitment to bringing the best of local, regional, and international cinema for our community. Through this powerful showcase, audiences can access some of the most sought-after movies in one destination. The films will also appeal to the multicultural population of Doha, further reiterating our mandate to create a truly community-centred festival."
Under the Special Screenings programme, DTFF will show Toronto International Film Festival's 2012 Audience Award winner, David O. Russell's Silver Lining Playbook (USA) featuring Robert De Niro. Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths (USA) is set to play amongst other great titles including the late Yash Chopra`s parting gift to lovers of Bollywood cinema Till I Breath This Life (India). The week long Festival comes to a close with the screening of Peter Ramsey's Rise of the Guardians 3D., an animated fantasy adventure based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series.
DTFF 2012 will also host complimentary beach screenings for the local community including the first title selected by Martin Scorsese for restoration by the World Cinema Foundation, Ahmed El Maanouni's Trances, in addition to The Brave Hearted Will Take the Bride by Aditya Chopra, Guiseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso, Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven (Iran).
Underlining the top-notch programming of the Festival, six of the selected Contemporary World Cinema titles are official country selections for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2013 including Children of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Just the Wind (Hungary), Kon-Tiki (Norway), The Deep (Iceland), Myn Bala - Warriors of the Steppe (Kazakhstan) and White Tiger (Russia). The section also includes works by acknowledged filmmakers such as Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt, Ken Loach's The Angels' Share Matteo Garrone's Reality, and Markus Imhoof's More Than Honey.
The Contemporary World Cinema line-up brings some of this year's most poignant tales to Doha including Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, winner of 'The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary' at this year's Sundance Film Festival; Umut Daš's Kuma which opened the Berlinale's Panorama section this year; Valentino's Ghost by Michael Singh, which premiered at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival; Dominga Sotomayor's Thursday Till Sunday, winner of the 'Tiger Award' at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and 'Everybody in our Family' by Radu Jude; Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki .
Rounding out celebrations of the 40th year of diplomatic relations between Qatar and Japan, DTFF 2012 will present 'Japanese Snapshots', a curated programme including Trace by Naomi Kawase and Lucy Walker's The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom; in addition to a year-round Museum of Islamic Arts Programming handover between Japan and UK.
Ludmila Cvikova, Head of International Programming at DFI, said, "We are very pleased with the final selection of international films at DTFF 2012 which we think includes the right balance of auteurs and acknowledged filmmakers like Ken Loach, Chen Kaige, Thomas Vittenberg, Bence Flieghauf, with upcoming directors like Radu Jude, Dominga Sotomayor, Malik Bendejloul and many more. The themes and genres vary from challenging subjects to light-hearted family entertainers. From independent and art-house films to studio projects, the creative approaches of all the directors truly reflect trends and developments of the modern language of cinema. It is a great opportunity for local audiences to see rare films that have not screened in this part of the world."
With an expanded Festival format this year, DTFF 2012 will showcase over 87 films from across the globe under distinct themed sections including Arab Film Competition, Made in Qatar, Contemporary World Cinema, Special Screenings and Tribute to Algerian Cinema.
DTFF 2012 provides audiences a comprehensive and enriching cultural experience with new screening venues across Doha. Indoor and outdoor screenings will take place at Katara Cultural Village, Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA), and Souq Waqif. Public participation will be central as the Festival is hosting an array of large community events, including Family Days, panel discussions, networking events and educational filmmaking programmes including Doha Talks and Doha Projects.
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