Dubai's independent film platform Cinema Akil will screen an amazing selection of films from its indie cinema at Alserkal Avenue. March will see an exciting film programme including Capernaüm, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, Palme d'Or contender and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year by Nadine Labaki as well as the 9th edition of the Franco-film festival highlighting French-Arabic coproduction, the programme will also include special screenings of Kusama Infinity, Sharp tools and The Price of Everything during Art week 2019.
Here are the details of all the upcoming films
Directed by: Heather Lenz
2018 | USA | PG | Documentary | English | 76 min
KUSAMA Princess of Polka Dots explores artist Yayoi Kusama's journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 80s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan - voluntarily.
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
2018 | Lebanon | 18+ | Drama | Arabic | 126 min
Capernaüm tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets Jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.
Directed by: Nujoom Alghanem
2017 | UAE | PG -13 |Documentary | Arabic | 84 mins
This is a fascinating portrait of arguably the most influential figure in contemporary art in the Gulf, the late Hassan Sharif. Artist, thinker, writer and critic, Sharif died in September 2016, at the age of 65, having spent much of the past half-century expanding the parameters of art in the region, through provocative conceptual pieces, experiments in performance as well as numerous paintings, works on paper and sculptures. His old friend and collaborator, writer and filmmaker Nujoom Al Ghanem first met the artist in the early 1980s, when he was busy baffling locals in the UAE with his take on ideas such as conceptualism, Modernism and performance. In ‘Sharp Tools’, which began shooting before Sharif’s death, she offers us an intimate insight into his life, speaking to friends, collaborators and commentators about his body of work and achievements.
Directed by: Baz Lurman
2001 | USA | PG -13 | Drama, Musical, Romance | English | 127 min
Christian, a young poet with great aspirations, moves to the Montmartre district of Paris in order to immerse himself in the area's thriving Bohemian movement. He soon discovers that his neighbours are a performing troupe led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and he falls in with the group having been brought on board to help them finish a spectacular show that they plan to sell to the Moulin Rouge nightclub. As Christian enters Paris’ late night world of sex, drugs and passion, he begins a love affair with Satine, the Moulin Rouge’s star courtesan and star of the planned show. But one of the club's wealthy financial backers, driven by his obsession for Satine, insists that the couple is broken apart, or else the future of the club - and Christian - may be in jeopardy.
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
Directed by: Nathaniel Kahn
2018 | USA | PG | Documentary | English | 98 min
Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.
Directed by: Camilla Insom & Giulio Squillacciotti
2017 | Iran, Italy | PG | Documentary | Persian, Arabic | 61 min
Archipelago is a journey through ancient myths, exorcism rituals, sounds and spirits. In the south of Iran, on a group of islands of the Persian Gulf, humans and spirits coexist since centuries. The culture and traditions of these Islands are the result of the encounters between Africa, the Arab Countries and Iran, generating a unique system of syncretic beliefs. Spirits of different heritages and origins, called B?d, the Persian word for wind, moving through the air, take possession of the islanders bodies and can only be quieted through a music ceremony called the Z?r Ritual. The Film showcases stories and landscapes of the islanders daily lives within the frame of the Rituals, giving, through pounding drum rhythms and wailing vocal chorus, a rare and unexpected glimpse at the Islamic Republic of Iran.
PARIS LA BLANCHE [Paris the White]
Directed by: Lidia Terki
2017 | France | PG-13 | Drama, Romance | French, Kayble, English | 83 min
At the age of 70, Rekia decides to leave her village in Kabylie to go to Paris. All by herself, she travels across the Mediterranean sea to bring Nour, her husband, back home. But her hero, the war veteran, the one that has been providing for his family from abroad for the past 40 years, has become a stranger.
Directed by: Andrea Pallaoro
2017 | Italy, France, Belgium | PG -13 | Drama | French, English | 95 min
Intimate portrait of a woman drifting between reality and denial when she is left alone to grapple with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment.
DILILI Á PARIS [ DiliIi In Paris ]
Directed by: Michel Ocelot
2018 | France, Germany, Belgium | PG | Animation, Family, Mystery | French | 95 min
In the Paris of the Belle Epoque, accompanied by a young deliveryman in scooter, the little Kanak Dilili investigates mysterious kidnappings of girls. She goes from adventure to adventure through the prestigious city, meeting extraordinary men and women, who help her, and villains, who rage in the shadows. The two friends will make the light, the freedom and the joy of living together triumph.
Directed by: Faouzi Bensaïdi
2017 | Morocco, France, Qatar | PG-13 | Drama | Arabic | 106 min
In the Moroccan city of Meknes, recently married Abdelkader and Malika struggle to make ends meet. They dream of leaving the family house and finally start a life of their own together. But one day at work, Abdelkader experiences a violent incident that will turn their destiny upside down. Volubilis is a tale of love in a world of despair, of beauty among the ruins.
CROSS MY HEART [ Les rois mongols ]
Directed by: Luc Picard
2017 | Canada | 15+ | Drama | French, English | 102 min
Montreal, October 1970. Twelve-year-old Manon's family is on the verge of collapse; she and her little brother Mimi are about to be placed in Foster Care. Manon is incensed. Inspired by the current political crisis, she comes up with a plan and takes an old woman hostage to demand the right to choose her own future. With the help of her two cousins Martin and Denis, they leave the city with Mimi and the old woman, determined to find refuge where they can all be happy and free. Gripping, tender and moving, Cross My Heart is a vibrant story portraying the weaknesses and betrayals of adulthood as seen through the eyes of children.
THE APOLLO OF GAZA [ L'Apollon de Gaza ]
Directed by: Nicolas Wadimoff
2018 | Canada, Switzerland, Palestine | PG | Documentary | French, Arabic | 79 min
In summer 2013, a statue of Apollo more than 2500 years old is discovered in the nets of a fisherman from Gaza. Then, the statue vanishes, opening all sorts of speculations: hidden in a tunnel, hostage of armed groups, destroyed by fundamentalists or resold to international traffickers of art. Proven or fantasized, the wildest assumptions circulate about the statue. It is like a symbol of what this region of the world means in everybody's imagination. God of the Arts and Poetry, but also of the Oracles and the Divinations, who would know better than the Apollo to put his witty and elevated look on this part of the world prey to the madness of the Men?
ALONE AT MY WEDDING [ Seule à mon mariage ]
Directed by: Marta Bergman
2018 | Belgium | PG-13 | Drama | French, Romanian, Dutch | 121 min
Insolent, spontaneous, funny. Pamela, a young Roma, is different from other girls in her community. A single mother, she lives with her grandmother and her little girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed. How can she reconcile the needs of her two-year old daughter and her dream of freedom? Pamela embarks on a journey into the unknown, breaking away from the traditions that suffocate her. "Lapin, pizza, amour". All she has are three words in French and the hope that marriage will change her and her daughter's destiny.
Directed by: Raed Andoni
2017 | Palestine, France, Switzerland, Qatar, Italy | PG-13 | Documentary | Arabic | 94 min
Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should also have experience as craftsmen, architects or actors. After a casting process that almost feels like role play, he arranges for a replica of the centre's interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a hall - under close supervision from the former inmates and based on their memories. In this realistic setting the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations, discuss details about the prison, and express the humiliation they experienced during their detention. Using techniques that are reminiscent of the so-called 'theatre of the oppressed' they work together to dramatise their real-life experiences. Their reconstruction brings long repressed emotions and undealt with trauma to the fore. Working on the film takes its toll on the men - both physically and mentally. The director also appears in front of the camera; not only is he creating a stage for his protagonists, he is also coming to terms with his own fragmented memories of imprisonment in Moskobiya thirty years previously.
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