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Film Festival Essentials: What’s on Tuesday October 16
Two panel discussions on Arab filmmaking lead day 6 of the Abu
Dhabi Film Festival, with other highlights including two Ladies
Only screenings and a gala red carpet screening of Korean box
office smash Masquerade.
The Arab Filmmaker Panel discussion, titled The
Beginnings will take place at 11:00 at Emirates Palace and is
open to the public. Moderated by ADFF's Director fo Arabic
Programming, Intishal Al Tamimi, the panel includes two recipients
of Variety's Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award: Mohammed Al
Daradji and Yousry Nasrallah. Emirati Nawaf Al-Janahi Sea
Shadow, Bader Ben Hirsi A New Day in Old Sanaa and
Mohamed Hefzy My Brother the Devil will also join the
discussion about the challenges of being a filmmaker in this
For those inspired by the morning session, the 14:30 Arab Film
Studio 2013 panel provides practical advice and encouragement for
aspiring filmmakers considering making a short film for the Arab
Film Studio short film competition, open to all GCC nationals. At
stake is a chance to join the 2013 Arab Film Studio programme. This
panel is supported by twofour54 and Imagenation.
The gala red carpet screening today is Choo Chang-min's lavish
epic Masquerade, telling the story of a tyrannical King
who puts an impoverished lookalike on the throne because he fears
assassination. Choo Chang-min will join the Producer Dong Yeon Won
and the film's star Ryoo Seung-ryong on the red carpet.
There are two Ladies Only screenings: at 15:45 The Patience
Stone and When i Saw You at 18:30. Actress Golshifeh
Farahani and director Atiq Rahimi will attend for The Patience
Stone, while director Annemarie Jacir will be attend for
When i Saw You.
A masterclass on color-grading, an essential element of modern
post-production, will be led by Ayman Abdel Basset, Senior Colorist
with twofour54 Intaj at 17:00. At 20:00 Eugene Martin, an
award-winning producer and director from the USA, will lead a
masterclass on storytelling and concept development. Masterclasses
are open to the public and free to attend.
On screen highlights include the first Festival
screening of Lore, with Director Cate Shortland in
attendance. Lore won the Audience Award at the Locarno
Film Festival and has screened to critical acclaim at a number of
festivals. It is screening in the Narrative competition, as is
Harraga Blues, which tackles the issue of illegal
immigration through the eyes of two young migrants. Director Moussa
Haddad, Producer Amin Haddad and stars Mouni Bouallam and Zakaria
Ramdane will attend the screening.
Screening in the New Horizons competition is The
Miscreants, Mohcine Besri's film about three Islamic
fundamentalists and the acting troupe they kidnap on orders from a
spiritual leader. Besri will attend the screening, along with two
of the film's stars, Abdenbi El Benioui and Amin Ennaji.
Mohammed Saved From the Waters, a film which explores
issues of poverty and public health through the story of a boy
suffering renal failure due to polluted water, screens in the
Documentary competition. Director Safaa Fathy, who drew on her own
brother's experiences for the film, will attend the screening with
Producer Delphine Morel.
Media representatives have the opportunity to conduct interviews
with delegations from a number of films. Please check the
press schedule for details.
This is the first year the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has been
presented under the management of twofour54, as part of the plan to
strategically align the festival alongside Abu Dhabi's other media
initiatives and related events, reinforcing Abu Dhabi as the
creative hub for the region supporting film production.
Contact thePress Team