A still from the movie Man on Wire.
DOHA: DFI UK Cinema Showcase concludes with the screening of Man on Wire on Thursday and Friday at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium.
The critically acclaimed documentary swept over 25 international awards including Best Documentary at the 2009 Academy Awards, Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
James Marsh’s exhilarating Man on Wire chronicles the infamous tightrope walk between the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center conducted by Philippe Petit in 1974, and based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds. Marsh constructs the documentary like a heist film, using footage of Petit’s preparations for his daredevil walk along with contemporary interviews of the participants. The film won the Bafta for Outstanding British Film in 2009.
Abdulaziz Al Khater, Chief Executive Officer, Doha Film Institute, said: “This cinematic showcase, in partnership with the British Council and the Qatar Museums Authority to Celebrate Qatar UK 2013, has been a wonderful achievement for all of us. Together we have celebrated the rich ties between our two nations through our passion for arts and culture.
Such strong and wide cultural exchange serves as the artistic inspiration that is vital to the development of sustainable creative industries in Qatar and we look forward to further strengthening the cultural bonds we share with the United Kingdom in years to come.”
Martin Hope, Director, British Council Qatar said: “We are delighted to have been involved in showcasing some of the best and most iconic British film classics as part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. The past 10 months have consisted of gripping, exciting as well as fun films which we hope have stimulated and increased the understanding and appreciation of British culture in Qatar.”
For tickets and box office details log in to www.dohafilminstitute.com or visit the Museum of Islamic Art DFI Ticket Outlet. Tickets are priced at QR35 for the general public and discounted rate of QR25 for students.