DOHA: Chinese feature film Full Circle, the story of a group of irrepressible senior citizens who decide to enter a reality show on television, and Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary on the life of Rodriguez, the 70s US rock icon who never was, won the ‘Best of the Fest’ at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival which concludes today.
Audiences at DTFF had the opportunity to vote for their favourite feature and documentary at DTFF screenings. Both films received $50,000 each as prize money. DTFF is presenting another opportunity for film lovers to watch the audience favourites with screenings of Full Circle yesterday and Searching for Sugar Man tonight, 8.30pm at Katara 12.
In Full Circle, directed by Yang Zhang, a group of irrepressible senior citizens decide to put together a performance to enter a reality television contest. Despite illness, senility, a lack of acting ability and a no-nonsense chief nurse, they charge towards the competition with the stubborn fervour of youthful dreamers.
Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, is a resonating story about hope, inspiration and the power of music, as it tracks the life of Rodriguez, whose first album went nowhere and he disappeared into obscurity. Bootlegged copies of his recordings made their way into South Africa and he became a phenomenon.
DTFF will also host its regular screenings as well as a host of Family Day activities today.