What’s on October 16
16.10.2012 - 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
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.
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.
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
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.