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Cinema Akil’s second Gulf German Film Festival opens in Dubai and Abu Dhabi


CA total of 11 films will be shown at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi

inema Akil has announced the return of the Gulf German Film Festival, which will begin tomorrow. This marks the second time that the independen­t cinema in Alserkal Avenue has partnered with the German Embassy Abu Dhabi and Goethe-Institut Gulf Region to present a programme of film screenings, as well as Q&A sessions with directors and a cine-concert to launch the event.

A total of 11 films will be presented at two locations in the UAE – Cinema Akil in Dubai and Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Screenings will also be held in Manama, Bahrain and Muscat, Oman. Opening day will feature the German animated fairytale The Adventures of Prince Achmed by Lotte Reiniger, followed by I’m Your Man by Emmy Award winner Maria Schrader, starring Dan Stevens, Maren Eggert and Sandra Huller.

The second day of the festival will begin with Mr. Bachmann and His Class. Directed by Maria Speth, the film won the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the Berlin Internatio­nal Film Festival this year. The screening will be followed by Lingui - The Sacred Bonds by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Shot in Chad, the story is about a teenage girl facing difficult circumstan­ces after finding out she is pregnant.

The night will end with Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda, A Night for Forgivenes­s, an Iranian film from 2019, which tells the story of a young woman accused of murdering her husband. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

“The return of the Gulf German Film Week to Cinema Akil for a second edition is an affirmatio­n of our shared commitment to the showcase of diverse, critically-engaging films and to the importance of cinema going in the enrichment of cultural life,” Butheina Kazim, founder of Cinema Akil, said.

Fareed Majari, director of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, said: “With our line-up we have tried to find a viable balance between movies with German stories, actors and settings on one side, and internatio­nal co-production­s that tell stories that deserve to be told.”

Throughout the rest of the programme, there will be screenings of The Royal Game by Philipp Stolzl, based on Stefan Zweig’s timeless literature classic Schachnove­lle, as well as the satirical feature Curveball – A True Story. Unfortunat­ely by Johannes Naber; Luchadoras, a GermanMexi­can film by Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim, and the romantic drama film by Ildiko Enyedi, The Story of My Wife.

On December 7, the festival will conclude with the screening of The River by Lebanese avant-garde director Ghassan Salhab. Centered on a love story during a war, the film is the end of a trilogy following the films The Mountain and The Valley. The director will be present at Cinema Akil for a Q&A session after.

The Gulf German Film Festival will take place until December 7. Tickets from Dh52.5 can be purchased via Cinema Akil’s website.

 ?? Maya Chami ?? The festival will close with ‘The River’ by Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab
Maya Chami The festival will close with ‘The River’ by Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab

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