Narrative feature competition includes Everyday, Ginger and Rosa; festival to host 8 world premieres, 3 international premieres.
The sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 11-20) will comprise 81 features and 84 shorts from 48 countries.
Films in the narrative competition include Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Francois Ozon’s In the House, Cate Shortland’s Lore, Susanne Bier’s Love is All You Need and Pablo Larrain’s No.
The 10 day festival will open with Arbitrage, attended by stars Richard Gere and Nate Parker, executive producer Mohammed Al Turki from Saudi Arabia and director, Nicholas Jarecki. Indian star Mammootty and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will also attend.
Lifetime achievement awards will go to Egyptian screen legend Sawsan Badr and Claudia Cardinale.
This year’s Special Programmes include a spotlight on South Korea, with six films and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence.
The festival will also screen classics Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and isrenewing Ladies’ Screenings, for women, and the Family Day programme, which features a selection of films from different festival sections.
Ali Al Jabri, Abu Dhabi Film Festival director commented: “Once again we have a great selection of films, something we have built a reputation for since we launched six years ago. We will be showcasing some of the most ground-breaking films ensuring a very successful year for both regional and international filmmakers.”
Films in the Narrative Feature Competition, New Horizons and Documentary competitions will be eligible for the following awards in each category: Best Film ($100,000), shared equally between the director and the production company, Special Jury Award ($50,000), Best Director from the Arab World ($50,000) and Best Producer from the Arab World ($25,000).
Narrative Feature Competition:
After the Battle, dir. Yousry Nasrallah
Betrayal, dir. Kirill Serebrennikov
Everyday, dir. Michael Winterbottom
Gebo and the Shadow, dir Manoel de Oliveira
Ginger and Rosa, dir. Sally Potter
Harragu Blues, dir. Moussa Haddad
Hidden Beauties, dir. Nouri Bouzid
In the House, dir. Francois Ozon
It was the Son, dir. Daniele Cipri
Lore, dir. Cate Shortland
Love is All You Need, dir. Susanne Bier
No, dir. Pablo Larrain
Outrage: Beyond, dir. Takeshi Kitano
Perfumes of Algiers, dir. Rachid Benhadj
Somewhere in Between, dir. Yesim Ustaoglu
The Last Supper, dir. Lu Chuan
New Horizons Competition:
A Hijacking, dir. Tobias Lindholm
A Respectable Family, dir. Massoud Bakhshi
Beasts of the Southern Wild, dir. Benh Zeitlin
Beyond the Hills, dir. Emin Alper
Coming Forth by Day, dir. Hala Lotfy
Eat Sleep Die, dir. Gabriela Pichler
I.D., dir. Kamal K.M.
Keep Smiling, dir. Rusudan Chkonia
Mumbai’s King, dir. Manjeet Singh
Ruby Sparks, dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Songlap, dir. Effendee Mazlan, Fariza Azlina Isahak
The Citizen, dir. Sam Kadi
The Miscreants, dir. Mohcine Besri
The Patience Stone, dir. Atiq Rahimi
When I Saw You, dir. Annemarie Jacir
Films in the documentary feature competition include Approved for Adoption, Stories We Tell and The House I Live In.
The complete lineup can be found at www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/