ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai: Award Winners
Co-Curated by Butheina Hamed Kazim
May – August, 2011
Abu Dhabi Film Festival Award Winners
Screening Schedule: June 9 - July 1
05.06.2011 - The awards ceremony is certainly one of the most anticipated moments of ADFF as everyone waits to hear the decisions of the juries. But once the excitement has passed, what happens to the winners? Too often, wonderful films that participated in the festival never have a chance to be shown again in the UAE. This installment of the program celebrates ADFF award winners through a selection of four outstanding films - two narratives and two documentaries - representing a myriad of countries, cultures and cinematic styles.
Thursday, June 9 | 7:30 pm
Friday, June 10 | 5:30 & 7:30 pm
El Ambulante, Best New Documentary - ADFF 2010
Directed by Eduardo De La Serna,Lucas Marcheggiano & Adriana Yurcovicha
Spanish | Argentina | 2010 | 84 min
Armed with a camera, a lamp and enough charm to persuade townspeople to join his dreams, a mysterious nomadic filmmaker moves from one argentine village to another, turning out a feature film in 30 days and making a profound impression on those left in his trail.
Thursday, June 16 | 7:30 pm
Friday, June 17 | 5:30 & 7:30 pm
Gesher, Best New Narrative Film - ADFF 2010
Directed by Vahid Vakilifar
Azeri, Farsi, Kurdish | Iran | 2010 | 84 min
A vivid and touching depiction of the grinding toil and camaraderie in the day-to-day lives of migrant laborers in the gulf region, this is the story of three men who drive a beat-up car to the coast of southern Iran to take menial, low-paying jobs at a natural gas refinery.
Thursday, June 23 | 7:30 pm
Friday, June 24 | 5:30 & 7:30 pm
Pink Saris, Best Documentary - ADFF 2010
Directed by Kim Longinotto
Hindi | UK, India | 2010 | 96 min
The latest work by celebrated director Longinotto follows Sampat Pal, the volatile leader of the Gulabi Gang, a cohort of women in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh who advocate for women’s rights. The film ultimately suggests that emancipation is urgent work that requires the participation of individuals who are just foolish enough to defy the status quo.
Thursday, June 30 | 7:30 pm
Friday, July 1 | 5:30 & 7:30 pm
10 To 11, Best New Middle Eastern Director - ADFF 2009
Directed by Pelin Esmer
Turkish | Turkey, France, Germany | 2009 | 110 min
The director relates the story of her uncle Mithat, focusing particularly on his passion for collecting memories from the randomness of daily details. It gets harder, however, once his deteriorating health begins to trouble him and impedes his efforts. Finally, he is forced to pass his errands on to his doorman, Ali, who resorts to a different path.
* All non-English language films have English subtitles. Entrance to the screenings is free of charge but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings start promptly at the specified time so please arrive accordingly.