At a press conference at the Villaggio Cineplex in Doha, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the Arab Film Competition, the first 30 titles in the World Panorama section, the Arab Short Film Competition and a Special Screening for the 2nd annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The festival runs October 26 – 30.
Bookending the festival is French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s action-thriller, “Outside the Law,” which will open the festival, and Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” which will close it. Set against the backdrop of the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII, “Outside the Law” is the tale of three Algerian brothers who lost their family home in France’s 1945 attack on the market town, Setif, and scattered across the globe.
“Outside the Law” director Bouchareb said in a statement: “I’m deeply honored and delighted to be opening the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. I look forward to bringing Outside the Law to Middle Eastern audiences and showing them the history of the Algerian struggle for independence. I fully support DFI’s goals towards developing and discovering Arab talent. It is very important for organizations like DFI to exist and to use their resources towards the goal of promoting Arab cinema and filmmaking talent and taking their stories to audiences around the world.”
On being selected as the Closing Night Gala, “Grader” director Chadwick said: “It is a real honor for our film ‘The First Grader’ to be selected to screen on the closing night of this wonderful festival. We have all heard how exciting, dynamic and important this festival is so we are excited and thrilled to be part of this true celebration of film.”
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Other program highlights include Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe,” Aktan Abdykalykov’s “The Light Thief,” Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s documentary “The Two Escobars,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat,” Jasmila Zbanic ‘s “On the Path,” Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” and Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed’s directorial debut with the documentary “Just Like Us.”
The newly added Arab Film Competition will award prizes for Best Arab Film and Best Arab Filmmaker. The Festival will also feature two audience awards, one for Best Narrative Film and the other for Best Documentary Film. Each category features prizes of USD 100,000 each. Also new this year is the USD 10,000 prize for Best Arab Short Film, bringing the total cash prizes monies to USD 410,000.
“Our expanded programming team has had a challenging few months selecting from hundreds of submissions to present a strong Arab film line up for our first ever juried competition that underscores DFI’s commitment to help drive regional talent in cinema and offer Arab filmmakers a platform to showcase their creativity,” said Amanda Palmer, Executive Director of DFI. “We are proud that our efforts to stimulate the growth of filmmaking in the region is being met with such enthusiasm and are confident our local and international guests will be able to discover new storytellers and cinematic gems that have the potential to earn global acclaim.”
Launched in 2009, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival reflects a successful cultural partnership between DFI and Tribeca Enterprises. The Festival provides an annual platform that celebrates DFI’s year-round programs and the wonders of film appreciation and entertainment from every corner of the globe.
“The range, diversity and quality of this year’s program underscores our mission to showcase the full spectrum of international cinema – from the world’s most esteemed veteran directors to the emerging new class of Arab storytellers,” Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said in a statement. “It’s challenging to limit the slate to under 50 films, so this is a very thoughtfully curated lineup.”
For a list of titles announced for the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival, continue to the next page.
Feature film titles announces for the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival (with descriptions provided by the festival):
Opening Night Gala
Outside the Law (Hors la loi), directed by Rachid Bouchareb, screenwriters Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle. (France, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Belgium) – Feature Narrative Three Algerian brothers who lost their family home in France’s 1945 attack on the market town, Setif, scatter across the globe. Each embarks on a different wild adventure — one heads off to Indochina, another gets involved with the Pigalle boxing club underworld, the third leads a resistance movement — but reunite in Paris seeking to reclaim their homeland. Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Chaffia Boudra, Bernard Blancan, Sabrina Seyvecou
Closing Night Gala
The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, screenwriter Ann Peacock. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative The inspirational story about an elderly farmer in a Kenyan village who wants to enroll in a local school and learn to read, this charming film features an outstanding performance by Naomie Harris as a skeptical teacher as well as Oliver Litondo as the octogenarian student. Cast: Naomie Harris, Oliver Musila Litondo
Arab Film Competition
Balls (Farsan), directed by Josef Fares, screenwriters Josef Fares, Torkel Petersson. (Sweden) – Feature Narrative Middle Eastern earthiness meets Scandinavian sweetness in this comedy by acclaimed Lebanese-Swedish director Josef Fares, whose half-dozen films over the past decade have been international festival favorites. In his latest cinematic culture clash, Fares features his actual father as a lonely widower slowly making his way back onto the dating scene, with amusing, endearing results. Cast: Torkel Petersson, Jan Fares, Hamadi Khemiri, Juan Rodriguez, Anita Wall, Nina Zanjani, Jessica Forsberg
Grandma, A Thousand Times (Teta, Alf Marra), directed by Mahmoud Kaabour. (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon) – Feature Documentary This personal documentary puts a feisty Beiruti grandmother at the center of brave film exercises designed to commemorate her many worlds. With great intimacy, the film documents her larger-than-life character as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what awaits her beyond death. Featuring: Teta Fatima Kaabour
Hawi, directed and written by Ibrahim El Batout. (Egypt, Qatar) – Feature Narrative A prisoner is released on a mission to retrieve a set of documents. A man roams the city streets towing his sickly horse behind him. A group of songwriters gathers to compose. In this portrait of modern Alexandria, themes of human loss and displacement take center stage in place of a clearly defined story arc. Cast: Hanan Youssef, Sherif El Dessouki, Mohamed El Sayed, Fady Iskandar, Rina Aref, Massar Egbary Band
Itto Titrit, directed and written by Mohamed Abbazi. (Morocco) – Feature Narrative A little girl with the name Itto Titrit (Morning Star) is kept out of school against her wishes. She yearns to be close to her childhood love during the pre-independence days in Morocco, and so she decides to outsmart the social taboos established by dominant males. To get her share of freedom like the rest of the country, she does not know what it will cost to challenge the well-established male privileges. Cast: Nisrine Fouad, Amine Jebbor, Sidi Moh Chakri, Mustapha Kadiri, Hadda Oubou
Man Without a Cellphone (Bidoun Mobile), directed by Sameh Zoabi, screenwriters Sameh Zoabi, Fred Rice. (Palestine, France, Belgium, Qatar) – Feature Narrative In this endearing comedy about Palestinian youth, director Sameh Zoabi introduces viewers to the twentysomething slackers who find themselves caught between angry parents and suspicious Israelis, when all they really want to do is have fun, hang out and pick up girls. Politics aren’t completely out of the picture, but the engaging and lively personalities shine foremost in this winning, good-natured tale. Cast: Razi Shawahdeh, Bassem Loulou, Louai Nofi, Naela Zarqawy, Ayman Nahas, Amer Hlehel
The Mosque (A Jamaa), directed and written by Daoud Aoulad. (Morocco, France) – Feature Narrative Daoud Aoulad-Syad’s previous film, Waiting for Pasolini has just wrapped in a small Moroccan town and although the neighbors have destroyed all the sets, the film’s mosque remains and has become a real place of worship for the town. This is a complete disaster for Moha a townsman and film-extra, who used to grow vegetables to feed his family on the land. Aoulad-Syad adds another thoughtful and entertaining film to his impressive repertoire. Cast: Abdelhadi Touhrach, Bouchra Hraich, Mustapha Tahtah, Naceur Oujri, Salem Dabella
The Mountain (La Montagne), directed and written by Ghassan Salhab. (Lebanon) – Feature Narrative Awash with haunting black-and-white images, The Mountain is a journey into the mind of a man as he spends a month in isolation at a desolate hotel. A near silent picture, this portrayal of harsh reality mixed with vivid dreamscapes will leave viewers filled with wonder about the crossroads of fact and fantasy. Cast: Fadi Abi Samra
My Name is Ahlam (Esmi Ahlam), directed by Rima Essa, screenwriters Rima Essa, Era Lapid. (Palestine) – Feature Documentary Aisha, a Palestinian woman living in the occupied West Bank, is fighting for her daughter’s right to receive adequate treatment for her leukemia. The director brings to the screen a unique testimonial that escapes self-pity and victimization while focusing on Aisha’s process of empowerment. Suddenly she is no longer afraid to stand up to her occupiers and to her conservative society.
Once Upon Our Time (Un Conte de Faits), directed and written by Hichem Ben Ammar. (Tunisia) – Feature Documentary Unfolding like a storybook tale, this documentary traces two years in the life of 15-year-old Tunisian violin prodigy Anas Romdhani, who originally had no money with which to take lessons. Covering his discovery and mentoring by renowned violinists, he enrolls at a prestigious London music academy, becomes an international sensation and tours the world.
The Quarter of Scarecrows (Garaqi Daholakan), directed by Hassan Ali Mahmood, screenwriter Sherzad Hassan. (Iraq) – Feature Narrative An allegory about tyranny, this drama was inspired by the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran in which millions of innocent civilians died. Sad yet powerful, it depicts an infestation of crows on a rich landowner’s property and how a group of the village’s children are victimized and used as human scarecrows. Cast: Valid Marouf Jaro, Abdal Shawkat, Solav M. Khared, Taha Akhajan
Africa United, directed by Debs Gardner Paterson, screenwriter Rhidian Brook. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative Dudu, from a Rwandan slum, is a serious football fan. He and his sports-mad buddies decide to walk 5000 kilometers to South Africa to experience the World Cup. The kids cross borders, gather new friends, and are forced to overcome obstacles on their incredible journey. Cast: Roger Nsengiyumva, Sherrie Silver, Eriya Ndayambaje, Yves Dusenge, Sanyu Joanita Kintu
Benda Bilili!, directed by Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye. (Democratic Republic of the Congo, France) – Feature Documentary Popping with potent rhythms and set against a bleak backdrop of near hopeless despair, this documentary about disabled Congolese musicians Staff Benda Bilili demonstrates the power of art to triumph over adversity. Not only will the film make your body move, it’ll stir you emotionally as well.
Bhutto, directed by Duane Baughman, Johnny O’Hara. (USA, U.K.) – Feature Documentary Political biopics too often fall into either hagiography or demonization, extremes mostly avoided by this documentary about the late Benazir Bhutto, the first woman elected to rule a Muslim nation. Her life’s journey is viewed in a more reasoned tone here, balanced considerably through sharp editing, striking visuals and interviews with both family and foes. Featuring: Sanam Bhutto, Asif Zardari, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakthawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Mark Siegel
Boy, directed and written by Taika Waititi. (New Zealand) – Feature Narrative A New Zealand coming-of-age story about a supremely likeable kid who reunites with his long-lost hoodlum dad, Boy is packed with pop-culture touchstones, nutso fantasy sequences, and a final dance number that rivals Slumdog Millionaire for pure outrageousness. With the videos of Michael Jackson as frequent inspiration and flashes of unexpected animation, this endearing tale of innocence that keeps its silliness in balance with its serious side has already become New Zealand’s biggest-ever home-grown hit. Cast: James Rolleston, Te aho eketone-whitu, Taika Waititi
Budrus, directed and written by Julia Bacha. (USA, Palestine) – Feature Documentary In one of the most conflicted parts of the world, a Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent movement to save his village from being destroyed. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha captures with rawness and galvanizing intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes. Featuring: Ayed Morrar, Iltezam Morrar, Kobi Snitz, Yasmine Levy, Ahmed Awwad, Doron Spielman
Certified Copy (Copie Conforme), directed and written by Abbas Kiarostami. (France, Italy) – Feature Narrative Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami makes a daring move from his usual fare with this comic-drama set in Italy’s scenic Tuscany region. Starring French actress Juliette Binoche and British opera singer William Shimell, the pair meet and take a daytrip that evolves into a role-playing game that questions the actual relationship of these seeming strangers. Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carriere, Agathe Natanson
The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, screenwriter James Solomon. (USA) – Feature Narrative The latest directorial effort from Robert Redford is a fascinating historical drama that tells the little-known story of the trial for the seven men and one woman accused of assassinating Abraham Lincoln. Featuring standout performances from James McAvoy and Robin Wright, Redford brings the past vividly back to life in this haunting new film. Cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson
Here Comes the Rain (Chatti Ya Dini), directed and written by Bahij Hojeij. (Lebanon) – Feature Narrative In this study of a kidnapped man returning to his loved ones after decades in detention, filmmaker Bahij Hojeij explores how a missing husband and parent affects his family’s social dynamic, while the city he once also called home – in this case the ever-evolving Lebanese capital of Beirut – changes too in his absence. Cast: Hassan Mrad, Julia Kassar, Carmen Lebbos, Bernadette Hodeib, Elie Mitri, Diamand Bou Aboud
Incendies, directed and written by Denis Villeneuve. (Canada, France) – Feature Narrative Director Denis Villeneuve continues his studies of females facing extreme circumstances in this vivid adaptation of a Wajdi Mouawad play set in the Middle East. Two different voyages – a woman’s search for her long-lost son, and a mothers’ final request that her children locate other family members – interweave in this tragic drama. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard
Just Like Us, directed by Ahmed Ahmed. (USA) – Feature Documentary Egyptian-American comic and first-time director Ahmed Ahmed takes us on a hilarious tour from Los Angeles to Cairo, Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh and back to New York with a gaggle of other stand-up talent, including Maz Jobrani, Tom Papa, Ted Alexandro, Tommy Davidson, Omid (The Infidel) Djalili. Along the way, taboos of culture and geopolitics are exploded, and a younger generation of both comedy talents and audiences is born. Featuring: Ahmed Ahmed, Erik Griffin, Ted Alexandro, Maz Jobrani, Angelo Tsarouchas, Omid Djalili
The Kid, directed by Nick Moran, screenwriters Kevin Lewis, Nick Moran. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative This inspirational drama based on the best-selling autobiography by crime writer Kevin Lewis depicts a young man’s escape from a brutal upbringing on a London council estate to his emergence as a bestselling author. Starring Rupert Friend and Natascha McElhone, the film was directed by Nick Moran, who previously tackled biographical fare with “Telstar: The Joe Meek Story.” Cast: Rupert Friend, Augustus Prew, William Finn Miller, Natasha McElhone, Con O’Neill, Ioan Gruffudd
Let Me In, directed and written by Matt Reeves. (U.K., USA) – Feature Narrative 2008’s famed Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In” takes on a new but equally bone-chilling form in Matt Reeves’ (Cloverfield) “Let Me In.” With impeccable performances by newcomers Kodie Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz, a disquieting mis-en-scene comparative to the original, and great scares, this vampire tale is one not to be missed. Cast: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono, Chris Browning
The Light Thief (Svet-ake), directed by Aktan Arym Kubat, screenwriters Aktan Arym Kubat & Talip Ibraimov. (France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands) – Feature Narrative A helpful electrician known as “Svet-ake” or “Mr. Light” brings illumination of all sorts to the small village caught in the midst of a revolution against a totalitarian State. With his dreams of having a son and providing cheap wind power, the electrician makes strong connections in his attempt to rewire the economic power structure of his community. Cast: Aktan Arym Kubat, Taalaikan Abazova, Askat Sulaimanov, Asan Amanov, Stanbek Toichubaev
Little Sister (Mei Mei), directed and written by Richard Bowen. (China, USA) – Feature Narrative An Asian version of the Cinderella story, this family-oriented film was shot in China’s Yunnan Province and features former Disney child star Brenda Song as the narrator-storyteller with a mostly Chinese cast. Beautifully shot with spectacular sets and Zen-like acting, the movie offers children a wonderful alternative to the overly-familiar European storyline. Cast: Xiao Min, Wang Caiping, Chi Peng, Zhang Jie, Qiu Lin, Brenda Song
Made in Dagenham, directed by Nigel Cole, screenwriter William Ivory. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative Mixing documentary footage with drama, this populist workers saga starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins recounts a landmark 1968 strike at the U.K.’s Ford Motors factory, when nearly 200 women protested over equal pay, better working conditions and an end to sexual discrimination. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike
Meek’s Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt, screenwriter Jonathan Raymond. (USA) – Feature Narrative Inspired by true events, a wilderness guide in the 19th century leads three young couples and their children along the Oregon Trail to the new frontier of America’s west. The film depicts the paranoia and hysteria that results when the group gets lost, runs low on water, and kidnaps a Native American they believe may be spying on them. Cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson
Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel, screenwriter Rula Jebreal. (France, U.K.) – Feature Narrative From Academy Award-nominated director Julian Schnabel comes the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war. The story begins in war-torn Jerusalem in 1948 when Hind Husseini opens an orphanage that quickly becomes home to 2,000 orphans. One is Miral. Cast: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Alexander Siddig, Yasmine Al Massri
Morgen, directed and written by Marian Crisan. (Romania, France, Hungary) – Feature Narrative Nelu works as a supermarket security guard in a small village on the Romanian-Hungarian border. One day Nelu fishes a Turkish man out of the river, as the stranger struggles to reach Germany. The two men are unable to communicate with words, but Nelu provides the illegal emigrant with clothes, food, shelter and a far-fetched promise to help him accomplish his journey. Cast: Andra Hathazi, Yilmaz Yalcin, Elvira Rimbu, Dorin C. Zachei, Molnar Levente, Razvan Vicoveanu
My Perestroika, directed by Robin Hessman. (USA, U.K.) – Feature Documentary The myths and realities of the former USSR emerge in this documentary tracing the personal histories of five children who grew up during the Cold War and today represent average citizens in modern Russia, dealing with the familiar and easily identifiable emotions that characterize all of our daily lives.
Neds, directed and written by Peter Mullan. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative Set in 1970s Glasgow, the film tells the story of John McGill, a shy and intelligent 16-year-old boy who, through a series of circumstances, turns into a NED – a non-educated delinquent and goes off the rails. Peter Mullan examines to what extent we can retain or not human violence when we’re just looking for some love. Cast: Peter Mullan, Louise Goodall, Marianna Palka, Conor McCarron, Gregg Forrest
Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux), directed by Xavier Beauvois, screenwriters Etienne Comar & Xavier Beauvois. (France) – Feature Narrative Director Xavier Beauvois uses the 1996 mystery of the Tibhirine monastery murders as a basis for this meditation on belief. Set weeks before the murders, the fictional narrative follows the soul-searching dilemma faced by monks dealing with extremists on one side and the government’s military might on the other. France’s Oscar entry for this year. Cast: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loic Pichon
On the Path (Na Putu), directed and written by Jasmila Zbanic. (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Croatia) – Feature Narrative Luna and Amar seem like the happiest couple in Sarajevo, despite their problems starting up a family. But their world turns upside down when Amar loses his job and finds solace in religious fanaticism, while Luna – portrayed with great emotional. verve by newcomer Zrinka Cvitesic — refuses to alter her independent, modern lifestyle Cast: Zrinka Cvitesic, Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanovic, Marija Kohn, Nina Violic
Potiche, directed and written by Francois Ozon. (France, Belgium) – Feature Narrative Acclaimed writer/director Francois Ozon delivers a hilarious screwball comedy with ”Potiche” – a charming, candy-colored farce about a trophy wife who must take over her husband’s business that features French superstars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu along with a supporting cast including Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jeremie Renier and Judith Godreche. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Jeremie Renier, Judith Godreche, Karin Viard, Fabrice Luchini
The Runway, directed and written by Ian Power. (Ireland, Luxembourg) – Feature Narrative Bring out the hankies for this tale of an Irish lad who learns valuable lessons about family, life and maturity as he and his community try to help a lost aviator find his way. Based on a true event, the feel-good movie is perfect for anyone who ever went off-course and needed a path home. Cast: Kerry Condon, Demian Bichir, James Cosmo
Secretariat, directed by Randall Wallace, screenwriter Mike Rich. (USA) – Feature Narrative The thrilling, pulse-quickening world of thoroughbred horse racing comes to life in this story of 1973’s Triple Crown winner, owner Penny Chenery and trainer Lucien Laurin. Set against the historical backdrop of Vietnam War, the movie’s real intensity comes from Diane Lane’s performance as a woman who leaves her city life behind to take over her ailing father’s crumbling farm. Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich
Shahada, directed by Burhan Qurbani, screenwriter Burhan Qurbani, Ole Giec. (Germany) – Feature Narrative Set in modern Berlin, the fates of three young German-born Muslims collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions. Cast: Maryam Zaree, Jeremias Acheampong, Carlos Ljubek, Marija Skaricic, Sergej Moya
Tamara Drewe, directed by Stephen Frears, screenwriter Moira Buffini. (U.K.) – Feature Narrative Based on the popular newspaper comic strip set in a quaint English village, the film recounts the romantic adventures of a young journalist who returns back home after years away to sell the house she inherited from her late mother. Gemma Arterton’s flinty, flirty, and slightly filthy performance as a sexual interloper among the rural rubes she left behind as an ugly-duckling teenager is nothing short of electrifying. Cast: Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper
Tears of Gaza (Gazas Tarer), directed by Vibeke Lokkeberg. (Norway, Palestine) – Feature Documentary Tears of Gaza is a powerful and emotionally devastating record of the impact the 2008 – 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military as caught by Palestinian cameramen. Directed by Vibeke Lokkeberg, it focuses on the horrific impact of the attacks on civilians, mostly women and children. The movie has been referred to as “the ultimate anti-war film” and indeed will leave viewers disturbed and angry. Cast: Amira Fat-hi Dawood El Eren, Rasmia Al-Sultan, Yahya Subh
The Two Escobars, directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. (USA, Colombia) – Feature Documentary Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andres Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andres grew up to become one of Colombia’s most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. While adeptly investigating the secret marriage of crime and sports, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF ’05) reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andres and Pablo. Featuring: Andres Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Carlos “Pibe” Valderrama, Cesar Gaviria, Faustino Asprilla, Alias Popeye
Waiting for “Superman”, directed by Davis Guggenheim, screenwriters Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball. (USA) – Feature Documentary The filmmaker, production company and studio behind the Oscar-winning global warming manifesto “An Inconvenient Truth” tackle an even more immediate crisis – the failure of the American public schools. Using the stories of five young students and their hopeful families to illustrate enormous problems involving powerful teachers’ unions and weak politicians, it’s clear there are no easy answers. Featuring: The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada, The Esparza Family, The Hill Family, George Reeves, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten
A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash), directed by Franz Osten, screenwriters Niranjan Pal, W.A. Burton, Max Jungk. (India, U.K.) – Feature Narrative Nitin Sawhney, one of the most versatile and sought after composers and producers alive today, has composed an original soundtrack to accompany the 1929 silent film, A Throw of Dice by acclaimed German director Franz Osten. Describing the story of a craps game between two Indian kings for the hand of a poor beauty, the film features thousands of extras and exotic animals, combining the spectacle of a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic with an early Bollywood sensibility. The soundtrack will be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) along with Nitin Sawhney and his key musicians. Cast: Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose, Sarada Gupta, Tincory Chakrabarty, Lala Bijoykishen