Qatar- 15 films slated for Qumra screenings

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(MENAFN – Gulf Times)

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) is set to screen 15 thought-provoking films as part of Qumra 2019, its annual industry event from March 15 to 20, at Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art. The screenings, open to the public and Qumra Pass holders, are in two segments Qumra Masters Screenings, featuring outstanding works of the Qumra Masters; and New Voices in Cinema, to showcase feature-length and short films supported by the DFI.

‘Each year, the Qumra screenings provide a fantastic opportunity for film enthusiasts and the general public alike to enjoy the works of some of the most celebrated filmmakers in world cinema today in addition to discovering emerging creative talents from Qatar and the region, said DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi. This year, the Qumra Master Screenings present the works of five eminent personalities in global cinema: French filmmaking legend Agnes Varda, award-winning Italian director and screenwriter Alice Rohrwacher, Japanese film director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Oscar-winning Polish filmmaker Pawe? Pawlikowski and Academy Award-winning Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero.
Following the Master screenings, audience members are invited to explore their thoughts through an engaging Q & A session with the filmmakers.
The Modern Master Screenings include: The Gleaners and I (France/2000) directed by Agnes Varda; Happy as Lazzaro (Italy/2018) by Alice Rohrwacher; Tokyo Sonata (Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong/2008) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Ida (Poland/2013) by Pawel Pawlikowski (the film won the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar); Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico, Spain, US/2006) by Guillermo Del Toro (the film won Eugenio Caballero an Oscar for Production Design in 2007).
The four feature films to be screened in the New Voices in Cinema segment are: Constructions (Argentina, Qatar/2018) by Argentinian filmmaker Fernando Martín Restelli; Sofia (Morocco, France, Qatar/2018), the feature debut of Moroccan filmmaker Meryem Benm’Barek; 2019 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Of Fathers and Sons (Syria, Germany, Qatar/2017) by Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki ; Still Recording (Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar/2018) by Saeed al-Batal and Ghiath Ayoub.
The six short films to be screened in the New Voices in Cinema segment are: Wake (Jordan, Qatar/2018) by Zahed Bata; Hope (Syria, Iraq, France, Qatar/2018) by Mohamed Shaikhow; Sh’hab (Qatar/2018) by Amal al-Muftah (winner of the Best Narrative Award at the 2018 Ajyal Film Festival); Gubgub (Qatar/2018) by Nouf al-Sulaiti (the film’s lead Fatima al-Nahdi won the inaugural ‘Abdulaziz Jassim Award for Best Performance’ at the 2018 Ajyal Film Festival); Amphitheater (Qatar/2018) by Mahid Ali Ali; Just Another Memory (Qatar/2018) by Mariam al-Dhubhani (Best Documentary award at the 2018 Ajyal Film Festival).
Qumra 2019 industry events include workshops for first- and second-time filmmakers with international film industry professionals in personalised mentorship labs; the Qumra Master Classes, led by acclaimed industry specialists; Qumra Screenings of feature films presented by the Qumra Masters and recipients of funding from the Doha Film Institute, followed by Q & A sessions and the Qumra Talks.
Further details about ticket prices and sales for the screenings are now available on www.dohafilminstitute.com

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