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Tuesday, October 13

Festival Daily

A terrific Sunday of screenings with great Q&A sessions All My Mothers, a documentary about the oppression of Iraqi Kurds, was followed by a Q&A with director Ebrahim Saeedi. The film, which covers similar ground as the narrative Son of Babylon (also screened at MEIFF), was attended by the director and producer of that film, Mohamed and Atia Al-Daradji, and the brothers joined the lively discussion. It was the first time the two groups of filmmakers had met or interacted. In another memorable Q&A, after Neighbors, a woman in the audience asked director Tahani Rached if her documentary history of a transforming district in Cairo would be released in theaters in Egypt. Rached answered that as of the moment she knew of no possibility. But then Gaby Khoury, famous Egyptian film distributor, raised his hand and declared firmly that, yes, Neighbors would soon be released – by him. These kinds of encounters are what a film festival is all about.

Special Events

What to Watch

Bedouin Night On Sunday, MEIFF threw a spectacular Bedouinthemed party on the beach at the Emirates Palace Hotel. MEIFF juror Hend Sabry, Huacho director Alejandro Fernández Alemandras, Last Ride director Glendyn Ivin, actors Maya Nasri and Mostafa Shaban were only some of the stars, filmmakers, and other guests who relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the lavish food, music, dancing, shisha, and camel rides. The weather was perfect, the setting spectacular, the atmosphere friendly and comfortable – so much that many guests were reluctant to retire indoors when the party ended. Tuesday, Oct.13: Program Title

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Carioca

MEIFF presents the World Premiere of Carioca, veteran documentarian Nabiha Lotfy’s tribute to one of Egypt’s greatest dancers and movie stars, Tahia Carioca. Not only a pioneering belly dancer, Carioca was also an outspoken militant who championed the rights of women and the oppressed. Her unusual combination of grace and fire even earned the admiration of intellectuals and artists, including novelist Sonallah Ibrahim and director Yousry Nasrallah (who appear in the film). Lotfy will be present for a Q&A after the film.

Heliopolis

Theater

Festival Tent

MA2

EMIRATES FILM COMPETITION 2

1:15

101 mins

Cinestar 3

EC2

STUDENT SHORTS 2

1:30

115 mins *

Cinestar 2

S21

HELIOPOLIS

3:00

103 mins *

Cinestar 4

HE2

DOUBLE TAKE

3:45

80 mins

Cinestar 1

DT2

STUDENT SHORTS 1

4:15

82 mins *

Cinestar 3

S12

CARIOCA

4:30

60 mins *

Emirates Palace

CR1

EARTH WHISPERERS MOTHER EARTH

4:30

73 mins *

Cinestar 2

EA2

HONEYMOONS

6:00

95 mins *

Cinestar 4

HO2

THE TIME THAT REMAINS

6:30

109 mins *

Emirates Palace

TI1

MY HEART BEATS ONLY FOR HER

6:30

86 mins *

Cinestar 1

MH1

THE FRONTIER GANDHI

6:45

92 mins *

Cinestar 2

FR1

CHAMELEON BEACH

7:00

52 mins *

Cinestar 3

CH1

MILK

7:00

102 mins

Grand Abu Dhabi Mall

MI2

TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE

9:00

155 mins

Cinestar 4

TA1

DOT+ Turnout

9:15

78 +15 mins * Cinestar 3

DO1

OCEANS

9:30

103 mins *

Emirates Palace

OC1

NORTHLESS

9:30

93 mins *

Cinestar 1

NO1

THE AGE OF STUPID

9:45

89 mins

Cinestar 2

AG1

SUMMER BOOK

9:45

92 mins

Grand Abu Dhabi Mall

SU2

180 mins

Festival Tent

12 am 120 mins

Festival Tent

Ten Days. One City. A Crossroads of Cinema October 8-17

Box office Locations:

My Heart Beats Only for Her

Code

11 am 90 mins *

DJ Vas Floyd

(NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION)

Tuesday is the second and final screening of Heliopolis, Ahmed Abdalla’s low-key, charming Egyptian indie starring Khaled Abol Naga. Audience questions will be answered afterwards by director Abdalla and actress Yousra El Lozy (who also stars in another MEIFF Narrative Feature Competition film, Oussama Fawzi’s True Color).

Master Class: David Amram

Kamal Musallam (Live Music) 9:00

(DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION)

(WORLD CINEMA SHOWCASE)

Lebanese director (and critic and author) Mohamed Soueid is a major contributor of inspired documentaries. Fearless in his eccentricity, he has influenced a generation of filmmakers in the Middle East. He’ll be present at this screening of his latest film, a reflection on 1970s Lebanese revolutionaries.

The Time That Remains

(NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION)

Rabble-rousing, absurdist director Elia Suleiman (“the Buster Keaton of Palestine”) will be present at Tuesday’s screening only of The Time That Remains. His first film in seven years competed in this year’s official selection at Cannes. Mr. Suleiman will receive Variety’s annual Middle East filmmaker of the year award.

Double Take

(DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION)

Belgian writer/director Johan Grimonprez’s Double Take is an experimental documentary with a populist twist: it cleverly fabricates a tale of Cold War paranoia with found footage of its “star,” the great Alfred Hitchcock.

Coming Soon Paolo Cherchi Usai: Preserving the Film Heritage of the Arab World (MASTER CLASS) Many countries lack a national film archive – there are only four in the entire Arab world. What needs to be done to permanently preserve the region’s moving images, both past and present? In a free master class at the MEIFF Festival Tent on Wednesday, October 14, film archivist Paolo Cherchi Usai will discuss some of the major issues at stake. Galas Narrative Feature Competition

Documentary Feature Competition New Cinema from Turkey

“What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?”

Emirates Film Competition

* Filmmakers to speak at Q&A after the screening.

Emirates Palace (Lobby and Auditorium) Cinestar Cinemas (Marina Mall) Grand Cinema (Abu Dhabi Mall)

Let’s Tent...

Join us every day from noon to 2 am on the main terrace at the Emirates Palace.

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