Day 3: Highlights For Saturday, October 25, 2014
World Premiere of Emirati Documentary SOUNDS OF THE SEA
TWO MEN IN TOWN, A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE in ‘Showcase’ section
Cinema’s first Iranian vampire Western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
An Evening with Actor-Musician ‘The Narcicyst’
At VOX 5 tonight (21:15), Academy Award-winning Danish film director Susanne Bier will be present for the screening of her new feature film A SECOND CHANCE, a morally complex drama. The film is part of ADFF 2014 Narrative Competition. Susanne Bier’s In a Better World, showcased in ADFF 2010, won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Film in 2011.
What do birds sitting on trees think of us humans? Find out. The absurdist, surrealistic black comedy drama and winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE by Swedish director Roy Andersson is another highlight of the day. (VOX 1 at 18:45). An ADFF 2014 ‘Showcase’ film, it is the third part of Andersson’s "living"-trilogy, following Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living.
Among the Narrative Competition entries being screened today is SANAD-funded film THE VALLEY by Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab. The drama unfolds as the film’s protagonist, an amnesiac man, survives a car crash in the middle of Lebanon's isolated Beqaa Valley only to find himself held hostage on a local farm that doubles as an illegal drug-production facility. The director, actors and producers will interact with the audience after the screening at VOX 5 at 18:00.
Only in the 2000s has Kurdish cinema began to emerge. So MEMORIES ON STONE is a rarity and must-see for all those who want to get acquainted with the Kurdish people and their aspirations. Kurdish-German director Shawkat Aman Korki will present his movie investigating the Kurdish pogrom in the wake of the Anfal military operations of the 1980s. (VOX 5 at 15:00).
Three films in the New Horizons category will be screened at VOX 6 today: The highly evocative ‘no-dialogue’ Indian movie LABOUR OF LOVE will have its director Adityavikram Sengupta and co-producers Jonaki Bhattacharya and Vikram Mohanti present at the screening at 21:15. Set in Calcutta, the film lyrically portrays two people facing the hardships of the recession. Serbian feature film which won the Best Film by Venice International Film Critics’ Week, NO ONE’S CHILD (15:45), written and directed by Vuk Rsumovic, and South Korean film IN HER PLACE (18:15) directed by Albert Shin are the other two New Horizons entries for the day. The directors of both films will converse with the audience post-screening.
SOUNDS OF THE SEA by Emirati director Nujoom Al Ghanem, competing in the Documentary Competition of the festival, will have its World Premiere today at VOX 1 at 21:15. The film portrays an old sea singer on one of his last journeys. The audience will have a chance to dialogue with the film crew.
Mexican ECHO OF THE MOUNTAIN, in the ADFF 2014 Documentary Competition, follows Santos de La Torre, who lives in oblivion in his country despite having created a renowned mural for Paris metro. The film’s director Nicolas Echevarria and subject Santos de La Torre will be present for a Q&A after the film. (VOX 4 at 19:00)
The documentary MARMATO takes a look at the gold rush in a mining town in Columbia. It will be screened at VOX 4 today at 16:00. The film’s director Mark Grieco and producer Stuart Reid will grace the screening.
TWO MEN IN TOWN, directed by French-Algerian director and winner of ADFF 2014 Career Achievement Award Rachid Bouchareb, will be presented in the ADFF ‘Showcase’. VOX 9 at 20:45. The film was screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
Award-winning British director Stephen Daldry’s new film TRASH will be presented at Emirates Palace at 21:15. The film by the three times-Academy Award-nominated director portrays the situation that unfolds when two trash-picking boys from Rio’s favelas find a wallet in the local dump.
The World Premiere of Emirati documentary AS ONE: THE AUTISM PROJECT, presented in ADFF Showcase will be screened at Emirates Palace at 11:00. Producer Hana Makki will be present in person to take audience queries after the screening.
Austrian production MACONDO is part of the ADFF 2014 Showcase. (VOX 4 at 21:30). The film examines how conflicts drive young kids to shoulder responsibilities far beyond their age.
Abu Dhabi’s film buffs can experience the creeps watching the first ever Iranian vampire Romance, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE directed by Ana Lily Amanpour. (VOX 1 at 15:45).
Two films by famed French New Wave movie director Francois Truffaut will be shown as part of the ADFF Special Programme; his 1976 family-friendly SMALL CHANGE, a comedy with a serious message based on the daily happenings in the lives of young children who are classmates, will be screened at VOX 2 at 15:30 while the 1973 classic DAY FOR NIGHT will be presented at the same venue later at 20:45.
ADFF TALKS FILM:
At Emirates Palace Ballroom 3 at 14:30-16:00: Panel Discussion titled ‘LETS WORK TOGETHER – A FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCING WITH THE ARAB WORLD’. Panellists, including directors and producers from Europe, Canada and the Arab world, discuss whether Arab filmmakers should opt for international co-productions and collaborations to ensure global success.
At Emirates Palace Ballroom 3 at 18:30-20:00: ‘An Evening with the Narcicyst’, hosted by twofour54’s Creative Lab, to feature Iraqi-Canadian musician and actor Yassin Alsalman. Alsalman is scheduled to attend the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this year for the premiere of his short film RISE, directed by Ali Mostafa.
ADFF TALKS FILM sessions are open to the public and are free to attend.
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival runs from October 23 until November 1. The Ceremony for the winners of the Black Pearl Awards will take place on October 31.