DTFF final day to focus on families, kids

November 24, 2012 - 3:43:52 am

A screen shot from the film Cinema Paradiso (above) and Full Circle.

DOHA: The fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) concludes today shining the spotlight on children and families with a panel discussion, children’s red carpet, free screening of Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, and the opportunity to watch a selection of contemporary features and documentaries from around the world. 

DTFF will also screen award winning films from its Arab Film Competition, providing another opportunity for the community to watch the most compelling cinematic creations from the Arab world today.

In the Shadow of a Man, the Egyptian film that won its director Hanan Abdalla, the best documentary filmmaker award, will be screened at 6pm at Katara 12 – Theatre A, followed by Horses of God, which won the best feature narrative director for Nabil Ayouch at 9pm at the same venue. 

‘Express Yourself,’ a panel discussion catered for families, will be held from 2pm at the Katara Opera House. Families and youth are invited to explore how artists express themselves in film.  Through demonstrations and hands-on participation, the family panel will discuss the use of animation, dance, music and art in the movies and encourage all to discover the artist within themselves.

The festival’s closing red carpet gala is dedicated to children in the spirit of DTFF’s community outlook. A kids’ red carpet will be hosted at 5pm at Katara Opera House followed by a screening of Rise of the Guardians 3D, directed by Peter Ramsey. The much-anticipated animated 3D adventure is based on William Joyce’s immensely popular The Guardians of Childhood. Following the children’s screening, the official closing gala will be held from 8 pm of the same film. 

Academy Award-winning classic film Cinema Paradiso directed by Giuseppe Tornatore will have a free screening at 8pm at the Sony Open Air Cinema in Katara. The classic is a coming of age film and a love affair with cinema.

The line-up for regular screenings tonight includes Myn Bala – Warriors of the Steppe, directed by Akan Satayev. It will be screened at 8pm at the Souq Waqif Al Rayyan Rooftop. The film is set in 18th century Kazakhstan, when marauding Dzhungars have swept across the land, and people have been abandoned to fend for themselves. Driven by a desire for vengeance and the love of a woman, young Sartai assembles a legion of teenage boys and leads his troop into a historic battle against the invaders.

The Hunt, from Denmark, directed by Thomas Vinterberg will be screened at 9.30pm at DFI Cinema – Museum of Islamic Art Park. The film shows that fear is sometimes more powerful than truth – and that a man’s reputation is a small price to pay to keep up appearances. What the Day Owes the Night, a special screening at DTFF, will be screened at 6pm at Souq Waqif Al Rayyan Theatre. The film, directed by Alexandre Arcady, is set in the 1930s, against the near-boiling tension of French-Algerian relations. 

The Peninsula