Algerian-born French director Rachid Bouchareb’s action-thriller Outside the Law will be the opening film of the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival beginning on October 26.
The film, which reportedly sparked a controversy when it opened its general release earlier this week in France, is about a 1945 massacre of mostly unarmed Algerian civilians by French soldiers.
Outside the Law is set against the backdrop of the Algerian struggle for independence from France after World War II, and deals with the tale of three brothers who lost their family home in the French attack on Setif, a market town.
At a briefing yesterday, festival hosts Doha Film Institute (DFI) executive director Amanda Palmer said 10 films would vie for honours in the Arab Film Competition, to be held alongside the World Panorama section, which features 50 titles. Besides, an Arab short films competition is also on schedule at the five-day event.
The event will close with The First Grader by Justine Chadwick.
Out of the 10 films to be screened at the Arab festival, four are world premieres, namely Grandma, A Thousand Times (Director: Mahmoud Kaabour), Hawi (Ibrahim El Batout), Man Without a Cellphone (Sameh Zoabi), and The Mountain (Ghassan Salhab).
Other programme highlights include Miral (Julian Schnabel), Tamara Drewe (Stephen Frear), The Light Thief (Aktan Abdykalykov), The Two Escobars (Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, US-Colombia), Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami), Secretariat (Randall Wallace), On the Path (Jasmila Zbanic), The Conspirator (Robert Redford), and Just Like Us (Ahmed Ahmed).
Other films: Arab competition: Balls (Josef Fares), Itto Titrit (Mohamed Abbasi, Morocco), The Mosque (Daoud Aoulad, Morocco), My Name is Ahlam (Rima Essa, Palestine), Once Upon Our Time (Hichem Ben Ammar, Tunisia) and The Quarter of Scarecrows (Hassan Ali Mahmoud, Iraq).
There will be a special screening of A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash), by Franz Osten. The film’s scriptwriters are Niranjan Pal, W A Burton, Max Jungk. It is a story of craps game by two Indian kings for the hand of a poor beauty and it features thousands of extras and exotic animals. The soundtrack will be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO), along with Nitin Sawhney and his key musicians.
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