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Doha, Qatar; September 10, 2014: Katara-Doha Film Institute Cinema is paying tribute to legendary actor Robin Williams as part of its monthly screenings from September 11 to 14, 2014, at the Katara Drama Theatre Building 16. ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ will showcase two career-defining roles of the Academy Award winning actor with four screenings of his classic films, Steven Spielberg’s Hook and Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society. Both films will have Arabic subtitles.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting CEO of the Doha Film Institute and Director of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, said: “Robin Williams has left behind a legacy that inspires legions of aspiring actors and stand-up comedians. We are honoured to commemorate the legendary actor through the September screening of two of his classic films. Both Hook and Dead Poets Society are powerful films that will provide yet another opportunity to appreciate the exceptional performances of Robin Williams.”
While Hook stars Williams as an adult Peter Pan alongside Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Dead Poets Society showcases the multifaceted actor in the role of English professor John Keating, who inspires a love of poetry in his students and encourages them to seize the day. The latter film earned Williams three nominations for best actor including at the Academy Awards, BAFTA and Golden Globe.
A high-flying adventure from director Steven Spielberg, Hook (1991) also stars Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. It follows the exciting journey of Peter Pan, who is off to Neverland to save his children who have been kidnapped by Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, friendship and magic. Hook was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1991 including Best Visual Effects. It will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 11 and Friday, Sept. 12 at 7pm, and on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4pm.
The winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (for Tom Shulman), and clinching three nominations including for Best Director and Best Picture, Dead Poets Society (1989) is regarded as one of the most compelling motion pictures of all time. Williams delivers an extraordinary performance as Prof. Keating, who breaks the moulds of conventional education much to the displeasure of the faculty. The film will be screened on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4pm, and on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7pm.
Tickets are priced QAR 35; students receive discounted rates of only QAR 20 on presenting a valid student ID. As part of the Double Bill bonanza, all ticket buyers are eligible for one complimentary ticket to one of the titles when one ticket to the other film is purchased. The Box Office is now open at DFI Ticket Outlet (Katara Building 26) until Sept. 10 from 1 to 7pm. From Sept. 11 to 14, tickets can be purchased at the Katara Drama Theatre Ticket Outlet (Katara Building 26) from 2 to 8pm. Film fans can also purchase tickets online 24×7 at www.dohafilminstitute.comevents/remembering-robin-williams
Katara-DFI Cinema brings monthly screenings of the finest films from around the world, and is part of the creative collaboration between Doha Film Institute and Katara Village to further strengthen appreciation of good films among the public.