Luc Besson’s The Lady is to close the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), which runs Oct 25-29.
It will be the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) premiere of the film, which tells the real life story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s marriage to writer-academic Michael Aris as she fights against governmental oppression.
Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope and Sahajak Boonthanakit star in the film, which world premiered in Toronto. The festival opens with Black Gold.
The DTFF’s Contemporary World Cinema programme has also been unveiled, with competition titles including Pawel Pawlikowski’s The Woman In The Fifth, Mika Kaurismäki’s Mama Africa, Victor Kossakovsky’s and ¡Vivan las antípodas!.
Several of the competition titles have been nominated as official country submissions for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar category including Michaël R. Roskam’s domestic box-office smash Bullhead (Belgium); Valérie Donzelli’s critically acclaimed autobiographical drama Declaration of War (France); and Nadine Labaki’s touching comedy-drama Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon).
First time feature film-makers to have their works showcased will include Hernán Belón’s In the Open and Tolga Karaçelik’s Toll Booth.
Contemporary World Cinema titles will compete for one the Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film Audience awards with the winners receiving cash prizes of US $100,000 each.
“Nearly every film in this programme is a MENA premiere and our programmers have travelled the globe to curate a selection designed specifically for our local community and international visitors, bringing unique perspectives on the world,” said executive director of the festival Amanda Palmer.
Contemporary World Cinema Programme
Almanya – Welcome To Germany, dir Yasemin Şamdereli (Germany, Turkey)
The Artist, dir Michel Hazanavicius (France)
Bullhead, dir Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium)
Chinese Take Away, dir Sebastián Borensztein (Argentina, Spain)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, dir Morgan Spurlock (US)
Declaration of War, dir Valérie Donzelli (France)
Headhunters, dir Morten Tyldum (Norway)
The Hunter dir Daniel Nettheim (Australia)
In the Open, dir Hernán Belón (Argentina, Italy, France)
Mama Africa, dir Mika Kaurismäki (Germany, South Africa, Finland)
Toll Booth, dir Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey)
Tormented, dir Takashi Shimizu (Japan)
Where Do We Go Now?, dir Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, France, Italy, Egypt)
The Woman in the Fifth, dir Paweł Pawlikowski Narrative (France, UK, Poland)
¡Vivan las Antípodas! Dir Victor Kossakovsky (Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Chile)
Vol Spécial,dir Fernand Melgar (Switzerland)