Dubai International Film Festival screens series of best Arab films


From 13 to 18 June, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will be partnering with Arsenal, a Berlin-based institute for film and video art, to screen a selection of films from DIFF’s Cinema of Passion book of the 100 greatest Arab films.

Cinema of Passion was released at DIFF’s tenth edition which took place in 2013, and is the curation of works selected by nearly 500 prominent regional and international film critics, writers, novelists, academics and other arts professionals.

Masoud Amralla Al Ali, DIFF’s Artistic Director, said, “We are very excited and proud to showcase a selection of some of the most prominent cinematic works from the Arab world featured in the Cinema of Passion book of renowned regional cinema at the Arsenal to a Berlin-based audience. We are looking forward to sharing the region’s rich cinematic traditions and shining a spotlight on the past and present of Arab cinema. The films come from a diverse selection of genres and we truly hope that filmgoers find the experience enriching and educational.”

The series includes:

West Beyrouth (West Beirut)
Screening: 13 June at 20h00

Bab El Hadid (Cairo Station)
14 June at 19h00

Al-Mummia (The Mummy)
14 June at 21h00

Ahlam El Madina (Dreams of the City)
15 June at 20h00

Samt El Qusur (The Silences of the Palace)
16 June at 20h15

Yadon Ilaheyya (Divine Intervention)
17 June at 19h00

Al-Ard (The Land)
17 June at 21h00

Kit Kat
18 June at 20h00

Email or visit the Arsenal website for tickets and more information.


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