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 >> Entertainment

 
  Share

From the front lines of Syrian conflict to the lively streets of Casablanca, the first films of the prestigious Muhr Feature category promise captivating cinema

Dubai, 16 October 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first films that will feature in the highly anticipated Muhr Feature category. Held within the Festival from 6 – 13 December 2017, the Muhr Awards celebrate standout regional talents whose work highlights and explores the traditions and culture of the diverse Arab world.

Since 2006, DIFF has brought together the best in local and regional short and feature-length films for the Muhr Awards. Designed to highlight and nurture cinematic talent from around the Arab world, the competitive lineup will have their entries screened for DIFF audiences and judged by a prestigious jury panel. Entrants stand the chance of winning funding to help further their filmmaking talent. Films selected for the Muhr Feature programme are in the running for the following categories: Best Muhr Fiction Feature, Best Muhr Non-Fiction Feature, Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature (Fiction or Non- Fiction), Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

The first feature film shortlisted for the Muhr competition comes from Algerian filmmaker Yasmine Chouikh who brings the world premiere of her first feature, ‘Until the End of Time'. The film supported by Enjaaz, DIFF's post-production programme tells the story of the Ziara, a time of year during which families come to visit their dead. Ali, a seventy-year-old gravedigger, watches each Ziara pass, but this year changes when Joher, a sixty-year-old woman, arrives to visit her sister's grave. Whilst there she makes the decision to finally rest beside her and requests Ali's assistance. The film watches as two souls discover each other over the theatre of death.

Egyptian filmmaker Hala Elkoussy presents ‘Cactus Flower', also supported by Enjaaz, the film follows the journey and personal struggles of three Egyptians. Aida, a struggling actress who came to Cairo from the Delta, is kicked out on the street on the same night as her neighbour, Samiha, a fading bourgeois beauty. With no money and nowhere to go, the two women, aided by Yassin, a street-savvy youth, and form an unlikely friendship. Together they embark on a journey through a mentally and physically difficult terrain.

Returning to DIFF this year is acclaimed Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch with his feature film ‘Razzia', Morocco's candidate in the foreign-language category of the 2018 Academy Awards. ‘Razzia' follows five different characters in the streets of Casablanca, whose lives dramatically interfere and collide into one. Spanning different decades and several storylines, the film weaves an intricate tale of lost loves, forbidden desires, and fragile dreams in modern day Morocco.
Joining Ayouch is internationally acclaimed director Annemarie Jacir, who returns to the Festival with her latest feature, winner of the Don Quixote Award at Locarno Film Festival and this year's Palestinian Oscar entry, ‘Wajib'. The heart-warming story of the rediscovery and reconciliation of a troubled father-son relationship, ‘Wajib' follows a day in the life of Abu Shadi and his son Shadi. With his sister's wedding a month away, Shadi travels from his job as an architect in Rome to help his father in the customary hand-delivery of the wedding invitations. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head, challenging their fragile and very different lives.

Known for his socio-political storytelling, Lebanese director Lucien Bourjeily brings to DIFF a journey of unspoken hurt and the rift it can cause with the world premiere of ‘Heaven without People'. For the first time in two years, Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone together for Easter lunch. The joyful meal survives tensions bubbling just under the surface, but an unexpected event will soon change their festive mood and lives forever.
Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad makes his DIFF debut with ‘Last Men in Aleppo', winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. The film takes place five years into the war in Syria, as the remaining citizens in Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Told through the eyes and ears of a White Helmets volunteer, audiences will witness the daily life, death and struggle in the streets of the city. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

Lebanese filmmaker Rana Eid premieres her latest feature film ‘Panoptic' which was supported by Enjaaz, a film about her native Beirut. Beneath the glittering facade of modern Beirut are still traces of the city's violent history. ‘Panoptic' is a journey into the underground layers of Beirut, as they unfold and reconcile with the past.

From award-winning Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Jabrah Al-Daradji comes ‘The Journey', a feature film about the chance encounter between two strangers in Baghdad's central station. The beautiful and mysterious Sara runs into the train station and bumps into self-assured and flirtatious salesman, Salam. When he learns that Sara has a suicide bomb strapped to her stomach, and is unwillingly taken hostage, Salam tries to understand Sara's motives while also figuring out how he is going to save himself and everyone else at the station.

Festival regular and award-winning Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa premieres his highy anticipated first feature film, ‘Zagros'. It tells the story of a Kurdish shepherd's wife, Havin, who is forced to flee to Belgium when she is accused of having an affair. Her husband Zagros believes her innocence and follows her to the West, only to be plagued by doubt and suspicion once there.

DIFF's Artistic Director, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, spoke on the feature lineup for the Muhr programme: “Showcasing regional talent has been at the heart of the Festival since day one. This year's lineup of feature films will continue the tradition of presenting the creativity and brilliance of our regional filmmakers, helping further fuel the rise of cinema within the region. The selection of films already shortlisted spans a remarkable mix of talented filmmakers who have all used their craft to share the perspective of the Arab world's unique history and culture.”

Antoine Khalife, Director of the Arab Programme, added: “The work we are seeing in this year's Muhr feature selection explores contemporary issues in the context of the region's political climate. The filmmakers explore themes including identity, marginalisation and self-discovery as their protagonists find themselves in difficult, troubled times and embark on a journey of discovery and understanding. The compelling stories are sure to captivate all audiences this December.”

Registration is now open for media, industry professionals and the public for the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, which will take place from 6 – 13 December, 2017. Please visit www.diff.ae for more information.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 9626 times
Posted on : Monday, October 16, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : ARC Higher Committee Discusses Arab Reading Challenge Momentum
Next Story : CNN's Marketplace Middle East uncovers the DIFC's central role in Dubai's economic success
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
AIGNER Love
New Year, New Skincare!
Signature Scents for Your Home
Spring/Summer 18' Beauty Picks from Missha Cosmetics
Mido's Baroncelli Prisma - A sparkling play of prisms enhanced by 51 diamonds'
The Trésor Collection
5 Different Types of Denim and How to Wear Them
“12th Edition of SNF's Family Fun Fair”
Malabar Gold & Diamonds strengthens its global position as a leading jewellery r...
The Balmain de Balmain Moon Phase Collection - loves personalisation to the moon...
ESC's INDIASOFT to Bring Over 400 ICT Foreign Buyers To Bengaluru
Tommy Hilfiger Announces Fall 2017 Watches Collection
Seamaster Olympic Games Collection
EUROSTAR presents seven global tech majors at CABSAT 2018
Womenswear Preview and Showroom Connection: WHITE Man & Woman's Formula Bets on ...
Sophie's Café brings all the goodness to Barsha Neighbourhood
Defender Lives on: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary
Nissan reaffirms importance of electrification at World Future Energy Summit
Nissan and NASA extend research into autonomous mobility services
Dubai Tour team line-up announced: 16 teams of seven riders at the start
CG of India declared Champion at the 2nd Diplomat Cricket Cup by Skyline Univers...
Bioré's Baking Soda Range
LG to Launch UltraFine 5k Display Tailored for Mac Users
Dubai Outlet Mall celebrates DSF 2018 with amazing attractions for shoppers
HydroPeptide Launches Nimni Cream in UAE
His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum Visits du's Stand on ...
LG Electronics Earns CES 2018 Best TV Product Honors for LG AI OLED TV
Dubai's Star Business Centre becomes the first commercial centre to accept crypt...
Bleu Blanc by David Myers announces its Friday Brunch and unique spa and dine Va...
HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum opens CABSAT 2018
Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel wins Priority Pass Midd...
Masdar unveils locally manufactured all-electric Eco-Bus at Abu Dhabi Sustainab...
Masdar Institute and Cleanergy Partner in Research on Thermal Energy Storage for...
IRENA Commission to analyse how energy transformation driven by renewables will ...
ENEC CEO: Barakah will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world, sett...
2018 ‘Camel Trek' of the UAE embarks from ‘Empty Quarter' in Abu Dhabi
IHG® partners with Global EVRT for ‘Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East 2018'
11th World Future Energy Summit Opens its Doors in Abu Dhabi
Major Business Deals Announced on Day Two of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
Is this Abu Dhabi's Most Lavish Valentine's Day Deal?
Launching Scheme of Projects and Initiatives that Enforce Water and Electricity ...
Under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 8th Emirates ...
Autonomous vehicle specialist NAVYA to realise expansion of Masdar City sustain...
Toyota and Lexus on a mission to drive decarbonized mobility at Abu Dhabi's Worl...
Pure Gold Jewellers Unveils Collection of Special Edition Diamond Pendants for V...
H.E Dr. Thani Alzeyoudi, Minister, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, U...
Eighth General Assembly of International Renewable Energy Agency Kicks Off in Ab...
Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s
Longlist, judges and dates announced for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed along with the President of Mauritania and the Crown Pr...