Join us in conversation with the star of DTFF Opening Night Film, “Black Gold”. One of the most renowned actors working today, Banderas made his screen debut in 1982’s “Labyrinth of Passion” by legendary Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. He continued working with Almodovar over the years, most recently in the highly acclaimed “The Skin I Live In”. He has starred in more than 30 films including “Desperado”, “Frida”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, “Interview With a Vampire” and is known worldwide as the star of “The Mask of Zorro”. He is the voice of Puss in Boots in the “Shrek” series and the upcoming feature “Cat in Boots”.
Fri, Oct 28, 01:30 PM
Meet Luc Besson, one of the most successful and entrepreneurial practitioners in the film industry today. A French writer, producer and director with more than one hundred film credits to his name including “The Big Blue”, “Nikita”, “Leon: The Professional”, “The Fifth Element”, “Joan of Arc” and DTFF’s Closing Night Film, “The Lady”.
Sat, Oct 29, 02:30 PM
How can the ambitions and local talents be developed to build a sustainable creative industry? Last month, Emirati director Ali Mostafa – in between filming his next feature following his debut, “City of Life” – launched his five minute thriller webisodes “Classified” with MBC. The casting and pre-production was done in three weeks. The series concept was inspired by the success of Lebanon’s Emmy ® award winning “Shankaboot”, which is now expanding its Arabic series to the Gulf, in search of untold stories and undiscovered talents. In this panel, join Qatari filmmaker Ahmed Al Baker and guests, to discuss how it’s more than just local audiences who want to consume Gulf storylines, from online to the big screen. The question is: how can local talents and skills be developed to meet their appetites and develop authentic voices?
Sat, Oct 29, 04:00 PM
Asif Kapadia is known for exploring extreme and timeless landscapes and characters on a spiritual journey. His first short “The Sheep Thief” (1997) won Second Prize in the Cinefoundation at the Cannes International Film Festival, and Grand Prix at the 1997 European Short Film Festival. His first feature film “The Warrior” (2001) won two BAFTA Film Awards. “Far North” (2007) his third feature film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. And this year he has reinvigorated the documentary genre with “Senna” (2011), a masterful and touching glance into the life of Ayrton Senna, the formula one driver who tragically died in 1994.
Thu, Jan 1, 04:00 AM
Meet Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award ® nominated Director of “Super- Size Me”, “Where In The World is Osama Ben Laden?”, “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3D!On Ice!”, “Freakonomics”, “Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope”, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” and Co-Founder of CINELAN. In this panel, Spurlock will discuss his craft and also address the topic of the power of documentaries for change. Is a lighter approach using humour a more effective way to reach mainstream audiences than traditional political outreach?
Thu, Jan 1, 04:00 AM
Wed, Oct 26, 04:00 PM
We are honored to host the stars of Salaam Dunk in Doha as special guests of the festival. They will play a friendly tournament against the Qatar Foundation team and the Qatar Women’s basketball Club.
Wed, Oct 26, 05:30 PM
After the first screening of the film “Mama Africa”, Angélique Kidjo will be performing her dynamic and uplifting style of music that has established her as a Grammy ® award-winning recording artist. Named Africa’s premier diva by Time Magazine, she strives to transcend barriers and provides a voice for those in need. Her foundation Batonga, promotes education for girls in Africa. She reinforces these messages of empowerment by traveling the world and performing her music. Somi’s unique sound will open Kidjo’s musical feast. Often compared to Miriam Makeba and Sarah Vaughan, Somi creates a smooth blend of sounds that incorporates the legacies of jazz and African cultural music.
Thu, Oct 27, 08:30 PM
"Harrer, Harrer” (“Liberate” in Arabic), a key initiative of DFI’s Education Department for 2011, is a travelling workshop that facilitated the telling of personal stories through one minute films about the recent changes in the Arab world.
Wed, Oct 26, 03:00 PM
Thu, Oct 27, 04:00 PM
A discussion around “Black Gold”and the behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film shot in Tunisia and Qatar during the Arab Spring. The director, the producer and the cast will explore the practical and creative aspects of shooting the film and share their stories and the challenges they experienced during this truly international production. The creative team will discuss the process of capturing the spectacular Qatari desert landscapes on film for the very first time. Hear how Oscar ® winning composer James Horner (“Titanic”, “Avatar”) collaborated with some of the region’s greatest talents, including Qatari singer, Fahad Al Kubaisi, to create a world class film score.
Wed, Oct 26, 02:30 PM
Be among the first in the world to hear a behind-the-scenes presentation of the highly anticipated animated film “The Adventures of Tintin” by flimmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Four-time Academy Award ® and fourtime BAFTA winner Joe Letteri will be giving this first behind-the-scenes look at the finished film. Letteri is the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Director of Weta Digital, the New Zealand based digital visual effects company known for groundbreaking work on “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “King Kong”,“Avatar” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
Fri, Oct 28, 12:00 PM
In 2010, Katheryn Bigelow became the first woman in Academy Award ® history to win the award for Best Director for the Iraq war film, “The Hurt Locker”. Did this win reflect a new era for women in film globally? Are there signs the male dominated culture of the film business is changing? Leading women in world cinema debate on why there are so few women at the top and how a new generation of female filmmakers is taking on the boys club. Join the discussion with acclaimed Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki (“Caramel”, “Where Do We Go Now”), producer Dora Bouchoucha (“Red Satin”), Turkish-German director Yasmin Samdereli of “Almanya” and Golden Bear Winner, director of “Grbavica” and “On the Path”, and DTFF 2011 juror, Jasmila Zbanic.
Thu, Oct 27, 04:00 PM
Fri, Oct 28, 02:00 PM
... answers are blind, only questions have eyes
Thu, Oct 27, 07:30 PM