Jim Sheridan Announces Dublin Arabic Film Festival Programme

                

Festival President and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan and Festival Director Zahara Moufid’s fourth Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, October 6th at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), in Dublin’s Temple Bar.  

This year’s festival includes five films which be shown at the IFI from Friday, October 6th. Films showing at the IFI include opening film Solitaire; Tramontane; Gaza Surf Club; Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim; andBeauty and the Dogs. 

Commenting on this year’s programme, Jim Sheridan commented, ‘Last year’s edition boasted sell out screenings at the IFI, and we hope that DAFF goes some way to meeting the clear demand that exists for the cinema of the Arabic world. DAFF represents the best of contemporary Arabic cinema and provides unique perspectives on Arab people, culture and politics. I feel this year’s diverse selection of films gives valuable insight into the beauty and complexity of these extraordinary countries.

The festival opens with a special screening of Sophie Boutras’s Solitaire, a charming Lebanese comedy of manners.  Therese, the wife of the mayor of a Lebanese village, is preparing to meet her daughter’s suitor and family, who are, unbeknownst to Theresa, Syrian. Therese still mourns for her brother who was killed in a Syrian bombing some twenty years ago, and has been outspoken in her prejudice towards the neighbouring country ever since. Her prejudices will, however, be confronted over an exceedingly uncomfortable dinner party.

Ross Keane, the Director of the IFI, said, ‘We’re delighted to be partnering once again this year with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival after hugely successful events in 2015 and 2016. This partnership highlights the IFI’s strategic commitment to deliver film programmes from all around the world with a variety of voices, genders, and cultures.’

Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Presenting Sponsor, Dubai Duty Free said, ‘We are very pleased and proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival.Through our involvement with the Dubai International Film Festival we have seen that film has an ability to share culture, ideas, experiences in a very human way. Huge congratulations to Jim Sheridan and Zahara Moufid on the festival; the choice of films is really interesting and we are sure that Irish audiences will be enthralled, entertained and inspired.

The Chairman of the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Joe Geoghegan, one of the festival’s main sponsors, expressed delight with this year’s programme and commented that the event has now become established in the annual calendar of cultural festivals in Dublin which promotes Arab-Irish understanding and cross-cultural communication in an effective and memorable way.

DAFF, presented by Dubai Duty Free, runs from the 6th to 8th of October 2017 at the Irish Film Institute. For more details or to purchase tickets see www.ifi.ie/daff or www.dublinarabicfilmfestival.ie.

SCHEDULE
Friday, October 6th
20.00 Solitaire

Saturday, October 7th
14.00 Tramontane
16.15 Gaza Surf Club

Sunday, October 8th
16.00 Ali, The Goat, and Ibrahim
18.10 Beauty and the Dogs

 

 

Film Festivals 2017 – Here & Abroad

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Dublin Arabic Film Festival

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Festival President and Oscar nominated filmmaker, Jim Sheridan and Festival Director Zhara Moufid’s third Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, November 11th at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in Dublin’s Temple Bar.  The festival, which has been developed in partnership with the IFI, is presented by Dubai Duty Free.

 

This year’s festival includes seven films, the bulk of which will be shown at the IFI from Friday, November 11th.  Films showing over the festival at the IFI include opening film Clash, After Spring, Hedi, Sand Storm, and As I Open My Eyes.

 

Commenting on this year’s programme, Jim Sheridan said, “We are delighted to be working once again with our presenting sponsor, Dubai Duty Free and partner venue the Irish Film Institute in order to bring the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) to Dublin once again.  DAFF allows Irish audiences a wonderful opportunity to experience a flavour of Arabic life and culture through the medium of film.  Last year’s festival boasted sell out screenings at the IFI and we hope that DAFF goes some way to meeting the clear demand that exists for the cinema of the Arabic world”.

The festival opens with a special screening of Mohamed Diab’s Clash, the opening film at this year’s Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in Egypt in 2013 amid the toppling of President Morsi and the ensuing political instability, a group of rioters are rounded up and bundled into the back of a police van.  All the film’s scenes take place here where warring parties of all factions have been thrown together. Diab brings real cinematic flair to the claustrophobic scenario and skilfully portrays multiple characters and their motivations in a lucid and empathetic manner.

 

Ross Keane, the Director of the IFI, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering once again this year with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival after last year’s hugely popular event. This partnership highlights the IFI’s commitment to continue to deliver diverse film programmes from all around the world and we are pleased to co-present another rich programme this year.”

Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Presenting Sponsor, Dubai Duty Free said, “Dubai Duty Free is involved with the Arts for many years.  Through our sponsorship of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), we have seen that film is a great medium that crosses cultural divides and creates greater understanding of different people’s beliefs and everyday lives.  Congratulations to Jim Sheridan and Zhara Moufid for bringing the DAFF to Dublin for the third time we are delighted to support the festival once again and look forward to a great line up of Arab films.”

Speaking about some of the movies that will be shown at the festival, Jim Sheridan added, “As this year’s programme of films came into focus, certain commonalities and themes began to assert themselves particularly, the conflict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries, as evidenced in both Hedi and As I Open my Eyes. I know audiences will be moved, inspired and entertained in what is most certainly one of our most thought provoking DAFF programmes to date.”

DAFF, Presented by Dubai Duty Free, runs from the 11th – 13th of November 2016 at the IFI.   For more details or to purchase tickets see www.ifi.ie/daff or www.dublinarabicfilmfestival.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dublin Arabic Film Festival Returns

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Festival President and Oscar nominated film maker, Jim Sheridan and Festival Director Zhara Moufid’s third Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will open on Friday, November 11th at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

 

This year’s festival includes seven films, the bulk of which will be shown at the IFI from Friday, November 11th.  Films showing over the festival at the IFI include opening film Clash, After Spring, Hedi, Sand Storm, and As I Open My Eyes.

 

Commenting on this year’s programme, Jim Sheridan said, “We are delighted to be working once again with our presenting sponsor, Dubai Duty Free and partner venue the Irish Film Institute in order to bring the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) to Dublin once again.  DAFF allows Irish audiences a wonderful opportunity to experience a flavour of Arabic life and culture through the medium of film.  Last year’s festival boasted sell out screenings at the IFI and we hope that DAFF goes some way to meeting the clear demand that exists for the cinema of the Arabic world”.

The festival opens with a special screening of Mohamed Diab’s Clash, the opening film at this year’s Un Certain Regard strand at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in Egypt in 2013 amid the toppling of President Morsi and the ensuing political instability, a group of rioters are rounded up and bundled into the back of a police van.  All the film’s scenes take place here where warring parties of all factions have been thrown together. Diab brings real cinematic flair to the claustrophobic scenario and skilfully portrays multiple characters and their motivations in a lucid and empathetic manner.

 

Ross Keane, the Director of the IFI, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering once again this year with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival after last year’s hugely popular event. This partnership highlights the IFI’s commitment to continue to deliver diverse film programmes from all around the world and we are pleased to co-present another rich programme this year.”

Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Presenting Sponsor, Dubai Duty Free said, “Dubai Duty Free is involved with the Arts for many years.  Through our sponsorship of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), we have seen that film is a great medium that crosses cultural divides and creates greater understanding of different people’s beliefs everyday lives.  Congratulations to Jim Sheridan and Zhara Moufid for bringing the DAFF to Dublin for the third time we are delighted to support the festival once again and look forward to being entertained.”

Speaking about some of the movies that will be shown at the festival, Jim Sheridan added, “As this year’s programme of films came into focus, certain commonalities and themes began to assert themselves particularly, the conflict between traditional and modern values in Arabic countries, as evidenced in both Hedi and As I Open my Eyes. I know audiences will be moved, inspired and entertained in what is most certainly one of our most thought provoking DAFF programmes to date.”

DAFF, Presented by Dubai Duty Free, runs from the 11th – 13th of November 2016 at the IFI.   For more details or to purchase tickets see www.ifi.ie/daff or www.dublinarabicfilmfestival.ie

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Inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival

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The inaugural Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF), which is presented by Dubai Duty Free will open with a special screening of its guest of honour Omar Sharif’s critically-acclaimed role in the Golden Globe nominated Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) on Thursday,  8th of May at the Light House Cinema.

The acting legend, whose films include the classics Lawrence of ArabiaDoctor Zhivago and Funny Girl, will introduce the film directed by Francois Dupeyron. The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a teenage boy and an elderly grocery store owner, played by Sharif himself.

The festival, which will show nine movies over two venues, will also welcome Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad as a special guest for the screening of his Oscar-nominated film Omar on its closing night on May 11.

A political thriller and love story set in the Palestinian territories, the film earned Abu-Assad his second Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year. The film won a jury prize at Cannes and was selected to show at the Toronto and New York film festivals.

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan, president of DAFF, commented that the launch of the festival coincides with “the first really good year for Arab cinema worldwide,” with three Arab films nominated in separate categories at this year’s Academy Awards.

“I think we’re coming in at the right time. It’s not a political thing, they’re just the best films out there,” Sheridan added.

The festival will also include viewings of other Arabic films of note at the Light House Cinema over the weekend as well as viewings of Laurence of Arabia and The Yacoubian Building at the Chester Beatty Library.

Other guests of honour attending the festival are Egyptian director, Ahmad Abdallah and Moroccan film and television director Nabil Ayouch who has represented his home country at the Oscars with his movies Mektoub and Ali Zaoua. Also in attendance will be Dr. Jim Swire who tragically lost his daughter in the Lockerbie bombing and has spent more than 25 years fighting to unearth the truth behind the disaster.

 

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