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Abu Dhabi Scores Nine World Premieres

Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Scores Nine World Premieres

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ADFF to present 197 films from 61 countries.

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), backed by twofour54, will present nine feature world premieres, eight of them from the Arab world. The short film sections will host 48 world premieres.

The festival will open with Ali Mostafa's From A to B [pictured], and festival director Ali Al-Jabri said: "It is the first time in the festival's history that we opening with an Emirati film and we ares very proud about this landmark event."

The festival runs October 23 to November 1 and presents 197 films from 61 countries.

For the second year, the festival host the Child Protection Award organised with the Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior, to spotlight films that raise awareness about abused or neglected children. Films competing for that prize include Zerensenay Mehari's Difret, Albert Shin's In Her Place, and Cyprien Vial's Young Tiger.

The Showcase section includes films such as '71, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Winter Sleep, Big Hero 6 (the festival's closing film), Miss Julie, Trash, The Homesman and In Order of Disappearance.

Non-competitive special programmes are dedicated to The Arab Diaspora, Francois Truffaut, and restored classics.

Al-Jabri said: "I am excited about the broad variety in terms of topics and genres we can present in the festival. We have impor- tant films here, films of pure entertainment and joy, films that raise relevant social questions and some that stretch the boundaries of the art of cinema itself."Narrative Feature Competition

99 HOMES directed by Ramin Bahrani (US)

A SECOND CHANCE directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE (Bai ri yan huo) directed by Diao Yinan (China-Hong Kong)

EL OTT directed by Ibrahim El-Batout (Egypt-UAE) [WP]

FEVERS (Fie-vres directed by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco, France, UAE)

HILL OF FREEDOM (Jayuui Eondeok) directed by Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)

HUNGRY HEARTS directed by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

LA SAPIENZA directed by Euge-ne Green (France-Italy)

LEVIATHAN directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)

MEMORIES ON STONE (Biraninem li ser keviri) directed by Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq-Germany)

NOBI (FIRES ON THE PLAIN) directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto (Japan)

RETURN TO ITHACA (Retour a- Ithaque) directed by Laurent Cantet (France)

THE RIOT CLUB directed by Lone Scherfig (UK)

TALES (Ghasse-ha) directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (Iran)

TEST (Ispytanie) directed by Alexander Kott (Russia)

TIMBUKTU directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania, France, Qatar)

THE VALLEY (Al wadi) directed by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar)New Horizons Competition [first and second films]

CAMP X-RAY directed by Peter Sattler (US)

CORN ISLAND (Simindis Kundzuli) directed by George Ovashvili (Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan)

DIFRET directed by Zeresenay Mehari (Ethiopia)

THE DROP directed by Michael R. …

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