TICKETS GOING FAST FOR THURSDAY’S SCREENINGS AT DOHA TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
STRONG LINEUP OF CAN’T MISS MOVIES HIT SCREENS
Acclaimed films include Tamara Drewe, The Kid, Certified Copy, Potiche, Meek’s Cutoff, Shahada, A Quarter of Scarecrows, My Perestroika
Middle Eastern Comedy Sensation Ahmed Ahmed and French director Jean-Jacques Annaud and producer Tarak Ben Ammar also share their unique industry insight at Doha Talks Panel Events
(27 October, 2010) Doha, Qatar – Tickets are selling out fast for key titles screening today at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival as festival goers pack their schedules with new comedies and some thought provoking films screening in World Panorama and the Arab Competition.
With comedy a major theme at this year’s Festival, tickets are also going fast for World Panorama selection Potiche, acclaimed writer/director François Ozon’s screwball comedy about a charming trophy wife who must take over her husband’s business which has its Qatar Premiere tomorrow. Film is screening at City Center and the Villagio Cinemas.
Also with a comic twist, world renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s comic-drama Certified Copy, set in Italy’s scenic Tuscany region, also has its Qatar Premiere today with a red carpet screening of the film to be attended by star William Shimell.
Jury Member Nick Moran’s inspirational new film The Kid, which depicts a young man’s escape from his poor, brutal upbringing to becoming a bestselling author has its Middle East premiere tomorrow in World Panorama, screening at City Center. Moran will attend the Festival along with stars Jodie Whittaker and Con O’Neill.
Staying on the comedy theme, Stephen Frears’ comedic-drama Tamara Drewe starring Gemma Arterton follows the romantic adventures of a young journalist who returns home to sell the house she has inherited from her late mother. The Qatar premiere screens tonight at a late night screening from 11pm in World Panorama at City Center.
Tickets are also in high demand for Meek’s Cutoff, the story of three young couples and their children along the Oregon Trail to the new frontier of America’s West directed by Kelly Reichardt screening at the Villagio and City Center, Shahada, director Burhan Qurbani’s exploration of the fates of three German-born Muslims in contemporary Western society to be attended by director Qurbani, actress Maryam Zarre and producer Leif Alexis, and compelling documentary My Perestroika, filmmaker Robin Hessman’s exploration of the myths and realities of the former USSR through the eyes of five children who grew up during the Cold War which makes its Middle East premiere at City Center with director Hessman and producer Garret Savage in attendance.
Also screening as part of this year’s Arab Competition is The Quarter of Scarecrows, filmmaker Hassan Ali Mahmood’s powerful allegory about tyranny which was inspired by the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran in which millions of innocent civilians died. The film screens at City Center this evening.
In addition to screenings, audiences will also have the rare opportunity to meet hilarious Middle Eastern comedian Ahmed Ahmed and the creators and performers behind the comedies in this year’s lineup at Do You Speak Comedy? Humour Crossing Borders part of the Doha Talks series being held at The Meeting Hall to discuss the power of comedy and its role in social satire and political subversiveness.
Acclaimed French director Jean-Jacques Annaud and high profile producer Tarak Ben Ammar will also be speaking at a Doha Talks session titled Emerging Actors, Emerging Stars about developing Arab talent and show auditions for a feature film in the region. At the event, two lucky actors will also learn they have landed a role in Annaud’s latest movie Black Gold.
For more information about tickets and DTFF events, please visit dohafilminstitute.com
About Doha Tribeca Film Festival
As the Doha Film Institute's annual celebration of all things film, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) is a community minded five day event that showcases the best of Arab and international films. The Festival also reflects DFI´s film financing and year-round educational arms with industry programs and filmmaker events designed to fulfill DFI´s mission of empowering storytellers and building a long term film industry in Qatar. Launched in 2009, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival reflects a successful cultural partnership between DFI and Tribeca Enterprises. Based on a mutual mission to promote the influence of cinema, the importance of community culture and the need for arts education, the Festival provides an annual platform that celebrates the wonders of film appreciation and entertainment from every corner of the globe.
DTFF 2010 is proud to be supported by: official airline partner Qatar Airways, official telecom service provider Qtel, official sponsor Volunteer Programme Virgin Mobile Qatar, official sponsor Opening Night Screening Gala Al Fardan, and hospitality partners Four Seasons Hotel, W Hotel, and Grand Hyatt.
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