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Doha Film Festival to highlight Arab cinema

hollywood Updated: Nov 05, 2012 19:09 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Hindustan Times
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One of the highlights of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival will be the competition for Arab movies. The Festival’s fourth edition, to run from November 17 to 24, will shine the torch on both the established and the emerging faces of Arab cinema.

Countries like Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria will have their films competing, all of which will mark the political and social evolution of the region. There will be 27 movies in this section -- seven documentaries, seven narrative features and 13 shorts, and these will include first-time entries from the host, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Among the features and documentaries, there will five world premieres and two international premieres.

The world premieres include Asham: A Man Called Hope, Playground Chronicle, Die Welt, Goodbye Morocco and O My Body!

New directors such as Hanan Abdalla, Maggie M. Morgan, Karim Alexander Pitstra, Brahim Fritah, Tamara Stepanyan and Damien Ounouri will share the spotlight with established names.

With a total prize money of over US$440,000, the best feature narrative and documentary will each receive US$100,000. An award of US$50,000 will be awarded to the best directors in both categories. A best performance award of US$15,000 will be presented in the narrative feature competition.

With an expanded format this year, the Festival will showcase more than 87 movies from across the globe under themed sections that will include Arab Film Competition, Made in Qatar, Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings.

(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Doha Tribeca Film Festival for the second year.)