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iW NEWS | MEIFF Announces Competition Films

iW NEWS | MEIFF Announces Competition Films

The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi announced its official competition program, with the films competing for the fest’s Black Pearl awards. The program is comprised mainly of films by emerging directors. The filmmakers will compete in three sections: Fiction, Documentary and Short. Among the notable entries in fiction are Lebanon’s Nadine Labaski with her debut, “Caramel“, Stefan Ruzowitzky‘s “The Counterfeiters,” Anders Morgenthaler‘s “Echo,” Jake Paltrow‘s “The Good Night,” starring his sister Gwenyth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz, James Strouse‘s “Grace is Gone,” Rodrigo Pla‘s “La Zona,” Stephane Gauger‘s “The Owl and the Sparrow” and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud‘s “Persepolis,” which was recently chosen as France’s Academy Award submission. In the documentary category, the entries include Irene Taylor Brodsky‘s film about her deaf parents, “Hear and Now,” Michael Apted‘s soccer doc, “The Power of the Game,” and Paul Taylor‘s Tribeca-favorite “We Are Together.” “We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-class talent, a terrific combination of critically acclaimed films, award winners and crowd pleasers.” For a full list of entries, visit the fest’s official website. [Peter Knegt]

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