The Doha Tribeca Film Festival to run from October 25 to 29, will close with Luc Besson's The Lady, a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Festival will open with Jean Jacques Annaud's Black Gold (already reported in HT). Interestingly, both directors are French, but their offerings to Doha are in the English language.
Starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope and Sahajak Boonthanakit, The Lady is an epic love story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and writer-academic Michael Aris, and how their marriage endured till the end, despite painfully long separations and terrible political turmoils.
Apart from these two movies, Doha will screen several features and documentaries in a variety of sections that will narrate stories of romance, comedy and even horror - underlining, sometimes dramatically, modern-day joys and sorrows, problems and prospects.
Some of the helmers in Competition include celebrated names like Mika Kaurismäki (Mama Africa), Victor Kossakovsky (Vivan las antípodas!) and Pawel Pawlikowski (The Woman in the Fifth).
Debutant directors, such as Hernán Belón (In the Open) and Tolga Karaçelik (Toll Booth), will also compete.
Features in other categories will include Michel Hazanavicius' black and white silent movie, The Artist (which won Jean Dujardin the Best Actor Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival; first-timer Yasemin Samdereli's Almanya - Welcome To Germany (which got rave reviews at the Berlin International Film Festival early this year), and Takashi Shimizu's Japanese 3D horror-comedy, Tormented.
Also to be highlighted at Doha will be a selection of documentaries: Fernand Melgar's intense look at illegal immigration, Vol Spécial; Morgan Spurlock's insight into fandom and pop culture, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope; and Mika Kaurismäki inspirational tribute to Grammy-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa.
Contemporary world cinema titles will compete for one of the two Audience Choice Awards of Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film, with the winners receiving cash prizes of US $100,000 each.
Gautaman Bhaskaran will be covering the Doha Tribeca Film Festival for Hindustan Times