GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

 
  Share
The World in the eyes of Arabsand how Arabs are seen by the rest of the world is explored in Arabian Nights

Dubai, November 25, 2012 The Arabian Nights programming segment of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) offers the best picks from Arab cinema around the world, and this year's edition looks set to offer a bumper crop of award-winning stories from Arab filmmakers from the Middle East and beyond.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFF's Artistic Director, commented on this year's programme: This year's Arabian Nights submissions have raised the bar even further; each film offers a unique perspective and an incredible amount of thought and creativity has been invested into each film. The slate is made up of a diverse group of filmmakers from around the world, each with a story related to the Arab world that evokes many questions. There is a strong demand for true-to-life Arab stories and these directors are certainly helping to bridge the gap.

In her accomplished debut, writer-director Sally El Hosaini shuffles the deck of working-class, multi-ethnic east London in her sensitively handled coming-of-age film, My Brother the Devil. Shot on location in Hackney during the riots, the film, which won a Best Cinematography accolade at Sundance Film Festival this year and Best British Newcomer for Hosani at BFI London Film Festival will make its Middle East Premiere at DIFF.

The GCC Premiere of Valley of Tears, by Canadian Maryanne Zhil, will explore the psychological wounds and the conflicting desires of a Palestinian family who survived the unpunished massacre of Palestinian refugees in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon.

From prolific Belgian director Joachim Lafosse comes Our Children, which earned lead actress Emilie Dequenne a Best Actress Award at Cannes this year. Based on a chilling true story, the film, which will make its Middle East Premiere at DIFF, tells the doomed loved story of a couple who live under the stern gaze and financial aid of family.

Filmed in Dubai and making its World Premiere, Love's Improvisations by Canadian director Youssef El Deeb illuminates the transient, unpredictable world of love and its many faces. Similarly, Shirin by Iraqi Hassan Ali, also making its World Premiere, explores the lengths to which a young couple will go to be reunited, even against social norms.

Beirut born Cynthia Choucair will present the World Premiere of Powerless, which treats the electricity problem of her home country through the very personal investigation of four different characters whose lives were drastically affected by the shortage of electricity. Attack by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri is a personal but powerful drama focused on an innocent surgeon and his beautiful wife, caught in the turmoil and coercion of the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict (GCC Premiere). In another Lebanese selection, Lara Saba's first feature film Blind Intersections tackles social issues in Lebanon through three characters with different social backgrounds, whose lives never intersect, but their destinies do (GCC Premiere).

Written and directed by Berkeley-based filmmaker John Slattery, Casablanca Mon Amour presents two bright and humorous Moroccan college students who explore a Moroccan perspective on the entwined relationship between Hollywood and The Arab World. The film will make its World Premiere at DIFF. Snackbar, the debut feature film by Dutch documentary-maker of Turkish origin, Meral Uslu recounts the days of a group of Moroccan boys in Holland, who gain strength from the pact of brotherhood which unites them (GCC Premiere).

The Middle East Premiere of Bag of Flour by Kadija Leclere supported by The Dubai Film Connection is a moving film about a 10-year-old girl that is torn away from her environment in Belgium by her father, and left in Morocco to fend for herself.

Syrian director Basil Khatib returns to cinema with his latest film, Mariam (World Premiere), after 12 years of absence. The film chronicles 100 years of Syrian history through the stories of three women living in different eras. The film, which was written by Khatib and his brother Talid, will feature a number of Syrian stars including as Sulaf Fawakherji, Sabah al-Jazaeri, and Assad Fidda.

In a spirited coming-of-age tale from first-time feature director Rola Nashef, an ambitious Lebanese-American youth is forced to take over his family's gas station after his father's death in Detroit Unleaded (Middle East Premiere). Finally in the World Premiere of It's About to Rain, Iraqi-Italian director Haider Rashid tackles issues of cultural and legal straddling thrust upon second generation Arab immigrants.

Antonia Carver, Programmer of Arabian Nights commented: 2012 has been an exceptional year for the evolution of Arab film, from the realization of Enjaaz-supported Blind Intersections - Lara Saba's first feature and independent film which tackles social issues in Beirut head-on, to the remarkable filmmaker Ziad Doueiri's Attack which is set in turbulent Tel Aviv. Arab filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of creative expression and are no longer afraid to reveal the worries, expectations and dreams of the Arab world on screen. This programme truly offers a unique and frank insight to traditional Arab life, love and politics.

Friends of the Festival packages are now available for the upcoming 9th edition of DIFF. Film enthusiasts can select from any of the six exclusive tiers - DIFF Platinum Partner, DIFF Gold Circle, Patron of DIFF, DIFF Supporter, DIFF Genre and DIFF 10 and 25 ticket deals. In return, patrons will receive insider access to the Festival as an acknowledgement of their support for one of the most anticipated events on the UAE's cultural calendar. For full details on each package and ticket purchases please visit www.dubaifilmfest.com, contact DIFF.Customerservice@filmfest.ae or the call centre 363-3456.

Dubai International Film Festival is media monitored by Media Watch, the leaders in Middle East media monitoring services.

-Ends-

**Press release issued on behalf of Edelman


Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 17239 times
Posted on : Sunday, November 25, 2012  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : " " EMI
Next Story : Only original content and directorial conviction will drive Indian cinema's crossover ambition
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Enjoy Smoother Skin with the current obsession from PMD - The Personal Microderm...
A new model for the ladies enriches the Corum AC-One collection with luscious fe...
Energize & Refresh Your Skin With the Foreo Luna 2 for Men
From Dubai Police's floating police station to Etisalat's Lazareth Flying Motorc...
Saint Honore Haussman
The new urban warrior unleashed - Corum injects modernity and athleticism into ...
Hamdan bin Mohammed calls on the city to be In It Together' for the Dubai Fitne...
6 Ways To Wear The Houndstooth Print
One stop shop for classifieds and deals in UAE- QUOODO.com
The Coffee Club in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi re-opens with a refreshed new look
Marks & Spencer Launches Its New Sleepwear Collection for AW19
Medusa Lock Icon
Choithrams Customer lends her voice to World Food Day in support of The United N...
Heritage village at Global Village offers a glimpse into Emirati traditions
Middle East Retail Forum (MRF) 2019 focused on RetailNEXT
Al Tayer Battles on in China After Aquabike Setback
This visually-impaired Emirati knows no impossible
More than 1,900 beneficiaries at Al Mizhar and Umm Al Sheif Islamic Cultural cen...
OMEGA's new Museum
Expo Centre Sharjah announces winner of 1KG gold
Dubai-Based NRI business leader donates INR 10m to his Alma Mater to setup Innov...
Union Coop Hosts Almarai's Gifting Ceremony For the Second Time
Malabar Gold & Diamonds inaugurates its relocated outlet in Hamdan Street, Abu D...
KOBEYa - The First Japanese and Far Eastern Gluten Free Caf opens in the UAE
The Workwear Edit
Dubai Customs inks partnership agreement with Hawkamah Institute for Corporate G...
DAFZA contributes 12% to Dubai's foreign trade in first half of 2019
IFS lays out blueprint for new era of intelligent and autonomous enterprise solutions
Dubai Shopping Malls Group Announces shop & Win Gold Promotion for Diwali 2019
Worldsteel Short Range Outlook October 2019
Revving The Engines At Rallylegend 2019 With Eberhard & Co.
The My Perfumes Group receives the Golden Visa
Alno launches new products in UAE in strategic partnership with Diemme kitchen
Al Majid Motors Co. announces 15-day sale with generous discounts on latest Kia ...
Abu Dhabi Airports signs historic Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Daxin...
Mazoon Dairy inaugurates the first biogas plant in the region
Montegrappa Welcomes Back Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Marks the Historic Occasion by ...
Diwali Feast at Purani Dilli at Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai Refreshment Company Wins First Prizeat the Dubai Green Industrial Award 2019
Middlesex University Dubai Leads The Way Being The 1st University In The UAE To ...
Celebrate Diwali with BurJuman
Baarish 2.0 is back by popular demand for a second run at Bollywood Parks Dubai
Commercial Bank of Dubai adopts the Microsoft Cloud to accelerate digitization
The Turtleneck Edit
November Specials at Le Meridien Al Aqah
Hormann introduces faster and more energy efficient fourth generation garage doo...
WCO delegation visits Dubai Customs and views latest practices
EWEC receives six proposals for Fujairah F3 power plant project
ENEC and Rosatom continue cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy
France to introduce new operating models & capabilities at Gulfood Manufacturing 2019