The Month of September is full of excitement and fun for cine lovers. For the first time, the European Film Screenings programme is going to present the best European Film in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The capital city of UAE will host the cine screening for a week and then will be shown in Dubai. The event is being initiated by the Italian Embassy in the country and EU delegation in collaboration with European Film Screenings programme. The Dubai International Film Festival also played an important role in the collaboration to conduct the cine event.
This means that European Film buffs can look forward to movies from Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria. The programme will open with the Italian director Poalo Sorrentino’s La Grande Belleza, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
It also features highlights such as Julien Temple’s cut-and-paste homage to the English capital London: The Modern Babylon; Andrzej Wajda’s biopic about Lech Walesa, the Polish politician and human-rights activist, Walesa: Man of Hope; and a personal favourite, Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye Lenin! Meanwhile, ADFF and DIFF will select some of the best Emirati shorts from their extensive archives, to screen in Abu Dhabi and Dubai alongside each day’s European movies.
Among the selections are Nayla Al Khaja’s critically acclaimed Arabana (September 23, Dubai) and Hani Kichi’s global-award-winning animation Ostora (September 23, Abu Dhabi). All of the European movies will screen in both cities. The programmes are the same but will screen in Dubai at the Mercato Mall cinema a day after the Abu Dhabi screenings, which will be at Vox Cinemas in Marina Mall.
Another intriguing feature of the programme is a panel discussion titled Cinema Co-Production: Europe and the Way to Go, which will be held on September 20 in Cinema 3 at Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall. The panel will be chaired by Alessandra Priante, the Italian cultural representative and Eurimages board member, and feature representatives from across Europe including members of the production teams of the Austrian, French and Swedish films that are screening. Local industry figures will also take part, including Nawaf Al Janahi, the filmmaker and Emirati Cinema Campaign founder, DIFF’s Samr Al Marzooqi and ADFF’s Teresa Cavina.
The best part of event is that, the European Film screening is free for the audiences and they will be given the rights to vote for the best movie to determine an Audience Choice Award winner. Not only this but a lucky voter selected through random draw will get a chance to visit Rome for two days. The visit will be sponsored by Etihad Airways