The World Premiere of SANAD-funded documentary Pirates of Salé, directed by Merieme Addou and Rosa Rogers, will feature at ADFF tonight at VOX 4.
The film depicts a group of Moroccan street children who set themselves outside social constraints to join a circus which transforms the young lives. The magical world of the circus is seen through the eyes of teenage acrobats and aerialists.
Abu Dhabi’s film aficionados have the chance to attend the premiere of London Film Festival-awarded Russian production Leviathan by director Andrey Zvyagintsev today (VOX 5 at 18:15). The film, competing in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Narrative Competition, won Best Script Award in Cannes earlier this year.
The film, a tragic drama of corruption and strong-armed tactics in contemporary Russia, represents its maker’s belief that “Whatever society each of us lives in, we will all be faced one day with the following alternative: Either live as a slave or live as a free man.”
Co-producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov along with actor Alexey Serebryakov will be present for audience interaction after the screening. Zvyagintsev’s last film Elena was screened at ADFF in 2011.
Turkish director Kaan Mujdeci‘s debut feature film Sivas, which won Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival, transports you to the bloody and illegal sport of dog fighting shot in the steppes of Eastern Turkey. The film included in the New Horizons category of the festival will have its MENA premiere at VOX 6 at 18:45.
Also included in the ADFF New Horizons Competition and screening tonight is Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes, The Wonders (VOX 6 at 21:15), directed by Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. It centres on a German-Italian family of bee-keepers and 12-year-old Gelsomina in particular. A coming of age drama, the film also dwells on the fading away of family traditions and occupations.
The Riot Club is a critique of the debauched British aristocratic class which exercises unchecked power, wealth and privilege. The film, directed by Danish director Lone Scherfig, is included in the Narrative Competition of the festival (VOX 5 at 21:30).
Debut documentary National Diploma (VOX 4 at 18:45) directed by Dieudo Hamadi depicts the rampant corruption in Congo’s education system when for most students, a diploma spells the difference between a menial existence in future or to move up in life. The film director along with producer Marie Balducci will be present for a Q&A after the film.
2001 Algerian-French Inch’ Allah Dimanche (VOX 2 at 18:30) directed by Yamina Benguigui is the film of the day included in the Special Programs/Arab Diaspora segment, while the 1977 French classic The Man Who Loved Women (VOX 2 at 21:15) is the one scheduled in the Special Programs/Francois Truffaut segment.