Akil Gulf German Film Festival returns this month

Cinema Akil has announced the return of the Gulf German Film Festival, which will begin on November 26.

This is the second time that the independent cinema on Alserkal Avenue has teamed up with the German Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Goethe-Institut of the Gulf Region to present a program of film screenings, as well as question-and-answer sessions with the directors and a collaborative film concert to launch the event.

A total of 11 films will be shown at two venues in the United Arab Emirates: Cinema Akil in Dubai and Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Screenings will also take place in Manama, Bahrain and Muscat, Oman.

The opening will feature the animated German fairy tale The Adventures of Prince Achmed by Lotte Reiniger, followed by I am your man by Emmy Award-winning Maria Schrader with Dan Stevens, Maren Eggert and Sandra Huller.

The second day of the festival will begin with Mr. Bachmann and his class. Directed by Maria Speth, the film this year won the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by Lingui РLes ties sacr̩s by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Shot in Chad, the story tells the story of a teenage girl who faces difficult circumstances after finding out she was pregnant.

The evening will end with that of Massoud Bakhshi Yalda, a night for forgiveness, a 2019 Iranian film, which tells the story of a young woman accused of murdering her husband. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

“The return of Gulf German Film Week to the Akil cinema for a second edition is an affirmation of our common commitment to showcase various and critical films and to the importance of cinema in the enrichment of cultural life”, Butheina Kazim , said Cinema Akil founder.

Fareed Majari, director of the Goethe-Institut in the Gulf region, added: “With our programming we have tried to find a workable balance between films with German stories, actors and sets on one side, and international co-productions that tell stories worth telling.

Throughout the remainder of the program there will be consecutive screenings of The royal game by Philipp Stolzl, based on Stefan Zweig’s timeless literary classic Schachnovelle, as well as the satirical line Curveball – A true story. Unfortunately by Johannes Naber; Luchadoras, a German-Mexican film by Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim, and the romantic drama by Ildiko Enyedi, My wife’s story.

On December 7, the festival will end with the screening of River by Lebanese avant-garde director Ghassan Salhab. Centered on a love story during a war, the film is the end of a trilogy following the films The mountain and The valley. The director will then be present at the Akil cinema for a question and answer session.

The Gulf German Film Festival will take place from November 26 to December 7, with tickets priced at Dh52.5 and can be purchased through Cinema Akil’s website.

More information available on cinemaakil.com

Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:03 PM

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