Thursday 13
Asfouri
Taking place between 1975 and 1997 in Beirut, this fiction feature uses the device of Abu Afif’s building to look at the stories of the various guerilla groups, militias, displaced civilians and invaders who used the building’s walls or sought sanctuary during Lebanon’s civil war, framing the narrative around a love story.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 98 minutes. MoE 12, 22.00.

Back To 1942
Already being tipped to break box-office records in its home country, Aftershock director Feng Xiaogang’s latest epic also has a firm eye on the international market. Situated in the midst of the 1942 Henan drought and subsequent humanitarian crisis, which saw three million Chinese die, our protagonist is stoical Fan (Zhang Guoli) who, with his 16-year-old daughter, joins the millions of refugees while the threat of a Japanese invasion looms.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 145 minutes. Madinat Arena, 20.00. World Premiere. Gala screening

Berlin Telegram
A musical road movie. When her lover leaves her, French musician Leila Albayaty resolves to depart Brussels and begins a nomadic existence wandering from town to town with just her voice for company.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MoE 7, 12.15.

Char… The No-Mans Island
A documentary about Rubel, an Indian child who would rather go to school than spend his time smuggling goods back and forth into Bangladesh, and camping in Char, an island in the river that separates the two countries.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 97 minutes. MoE 11, 12.30.

Comrade President
An insightful documentary about Mozambican president Samora Moises Machel, who was killed in a controversial plane crash in then-apartheid South Africa.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 89 minutes. MoE 6, 12.30.

Dance Of Outlaws
Documentary about Hind, who suffered an assault as a child that caused her to give up any ambition. She now works as a ‘dancer’, and seeks motherhood.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 85 minutes. MoE 5, 21.45.

Death Metal Angola

Angola is, apparently, the epicentre of rock in Africa. With the country now in a period of peace, this documentary charts two rock’n’roll lovers in a band who run an orphanage, and dream of staging the country’s first large-scale rock gig.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 90 minutes. MoE 7, 18.15. World Premiere

Detroit Unleaded
Arriving in Dubai straight from its world premiere in Toronto, where it won the prized Discovery Award, Detroit Unleaded is described as the world’s ‘first Arab-American romantic dramedy’. Lebanese-American boy Sami takes over his family’s filling station, while Naj seeks escape from the jewellery trade.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 92 minutes. MoE 9, 12.15.

Family Albums

This joint production from Palestine, France and UAE unites four documentary filmmakers, who each draw up their own sensitive portrait of the Arab world, questioning identity and transmission.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MOE1, 19.00.

Gattu
This kids’ film has emerged as a festival favourite for its simple tale of a defiant illiterate boy who seeks to fly the highest kite in his small village in central India.
(G) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MOE10, 16.30.

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Great Kilapy
In Angolan, ‘kilapy’ means ‘swindle’. This drama is about the life of Joan Fraga, a scamster who rinsed the colonial administration’s coffers in the last years of Portuguese rule, while living a Casanova lifestyle.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 100 minutes. MoE 9, 15.15.

Infiltrators

Documentary about Palestinian ‘adventures’ while coping with the demands of the Israeli Wall.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 70 minutes. MoE 11, 15.30.

Inside
Modern retelling of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, with the action shifted to the Turkish city of Ankara. The protagonist invites his resentful friends round to a dinner, seeking to cleanse the mood.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 10, 19.15.

Its About To Rain

A moving drama about an Algerian father and his two half-Italian sons, struggling to deal with life in contemporary Italy, which rejects them.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 8, 21.00. World Premiere

Lesson Of The Evil
The latest movie from long-standing Japanese director Takashi Miike, known recently for 2010’s 13 Assassins, is described as ‘ultra-violent’. A college professor with evil urges goes on a killing spree.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 129 minutes. MoE 10, 22.30.

The Lover
In this drama a Syrian filmmaker looks back on the past, weaving the scraps of memory with a parallel search for a new love.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 116 minutes. MoE 5, 18.30.

Mariam
After a 12-year hiatus, Syrian filmmaker Basil Al Khatib returns with this, the story of three women called Mariam, spanning 100 years of Syrian history from Ottoman times to today.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 120 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 21.15. World Premiere

Miss Lovely
Screened under Un Certain Regard at Cannes earlier this year, Miss Lovely explores the seedy underbelly of Bollywood in the 1980s. Two brothers make exploitative horror films under the radar in the Bombay’s C-grade film industry. Expect a sordid tale with ‘lurid art direction, wild background soundtracks and gut-wrenching melodrama’.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 110 minutes. MoE 2, 22.15.

Moondog
Shot throughout the US over 11 years on various camcorders, Moondog is Egyptian director Khairy Beshara’s highly personal meditation on the psyche.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 136 minutes. MoE 2, 15.00.

My Afghanistan – Life In
The Forbidden Zone Fed up with seeing just the Western media’s depiction of the war in Afghanistan, director and journalist Nagieb Khaja gave a group of civilians mobile phones to film footage. The resulting collage explores their hopes and dreams in the midst of living in a war zone.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 87 minutes. MoE 11, 21.45.

Nesma
Set in a hot Tunisian summer after months of uprisings, this thriller follows a man who is stalked by a man impersonating his every move. In a parallel story, a young girl faces adulthood.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. MoE 7, 21.30. World Premiere.

Round Trip
For Syrian taxi driver Walid, the only place he can enjoy a private moment with his love, Suhair, is in his car. When Suhair plans a trip to Tehran, the train journey gives them their first opportunity to spend time together properly.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 73 minutes. MoE 9, 22.00.

Sadournis Butterflies
In this surreal, Kafka-esque movie from Argentina, a dwarf clown, recently released from prison for murder, goes to extreme measures to ‘grow’ and fit in with society. A homage to silent cinema.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 94 minutes. MoE 6, 21.45. World Premiere

The Scream
A documentary about women’s involvement in the uprising against the Yemeni dictatorship.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes.

Ship Of Theseus

This epic movie from India examines questions of identity, justice, beauty and death by exploring the stories of three conflicting characters. A photographer grapples with the loss of her perceived brilliance following an operation; a monk faces a dilemma, choosing between principle and death; and a stockbroker follows the path of a stolen kidney.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 139 minutes. MoE 2, 18.30.

Shirin
A dramatic love story about a French-Iraqi man who returns home for the first time in four years, where he falls in love. He establishes a relationship that has the distance of tradition to traverse, as well as the miles between the two countries.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 105 minutes. MoE 6, 15.30.

Shut Up and Play The Hits
An acclaimed concert film documenting electro trailblazers LCD Soundsystem. After leading his influential outfit for a decade, frontman James Murphy decided it was time to call it a day before the band got tired – but not without one final hurrah. This documentary captures the band’s final, teary, four-hour show at Madison Square Gardens, as well as some intimate backstage footage as Murphy weighs up the personal and professional outcomes of his decision.
(PG) Runtime: 108 minutes. MoE 1, 22.00.

Snackbar
A gritty portrayal of a group of young Dutch Arabs and Turks whose meeting point is the eponymous Snackbar of the title, from director Meral Uslu.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 83 minutes. MoE 6, 18.45.

Tabu
A temperamental old woman, her maid and a lefty neighbour all share a floor in a Lisbon apartment block. When the elderly lady dies, the other two learn more of her past adventures.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 118 minutes. MoE 11, 18.30.

The Thieves
This fun-packed action thriller – about the heist of a Macau den by a group of thieves – is the best-grossing film in Korean history. Like Ocean’s Eleven with an Asian twist.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 135 minutes. MoE 1, 15.15.

Today Talented
American poet, rapper and spoken-word artist Saul Williams teams up with Alain Gomis for the acclaimed French-Senengalese director’s third film. Like its predecessors, Gomis uses magical realism to create a meditation on migration: Satché awakes one morning knowing he will die that evening. He visits friends and relatives, who all ask him why he returned from a prosperous life in the USA, and he meets his first love again.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 86 minutes. MoE 12, 16.00.

Touch Of The Light
Based on the true story of Taiwanese piano talent Huang Yu-Siang, this film charts the young musician’s life and the inspiration he has on a young dancer.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 110 minutes. MoE 5, 15.15.

True Friends
Heartening French comedy about three middle-aged men who have known each other since childhood. The trio think they know everything about one another, but new events threaten to ruffle the feathers of their relationship.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 104 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 18.00.

Winter of Discontent
Egyptian drama, set on the eve of last year’s revolution, focusing on three individuals whose lives collide.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 94 minutes. MoE 12, 19.00.

Yema
A mother living in the Algerian mountains is forced to drag the dead body of her son from her home and bury him after he is killed by her other son, a member of an extremist group.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 90 minutes.

Zero
Moroccan director Nour Eddine Lakhmari presents a drama about a Casablanca cop who is caught between his domineering father and bullying boss, before deciding to make his mark by searching for a missing 15-year-old girl.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 111 minutes. MoE 7, 15.00.

Friday 14
Amour (Love)
The director of modern masterpieces Hidden and The Piano Teacher, Michael Haneke’s latest offers an intimate, brave and devastating portrait of an elderly Parisian couple facing up to a sudden turn in their lives. The Austrian director presents the stark realities of sickness – problems of washing, mobility, going to the toilet – exploring the emotions and instincts felt by this couple: pride, despair, impending loss, empathy and its limits. The result has been described by critics as ‘a masterpiece’.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 127 minutes. Madinat Arena, 20.00. Gala screening.

Aseel
Omani drama about the nine-year-old son of a sheikh in a remote village. Tourism causes a natural disaster and the boy’s life is changed.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 78 minutes. MoE 10, 18.30.

The Attack
West Beirut director Ziad Doueiri directs this dramatic adaption of Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra’s novel about a Palestinian surgeon working in Israel, where a suicide bomb goes off. Days of Glory director Rachid Bouchareb produces.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 102 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 21.30.

Bag Of Flour
See Wednesday 12.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 92 minutes. MoE 9, 18.45.

Casablanca Mon Amour
The debut feature from writer-director-producer John Slattery, this road movie references Hollywood classics such as Casablanca, offering a Moroccan perspective on the long, entwined relationship between Hollywood and the Arab World, while offering the film’s Moroccan ‘extras’ an opportunity to talk back.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 78 minutes. MoE 8, 21.30. World Premiere

Chaos, Disorder
A group of twentysomethings living in a forgotten community in modern Egypt face bleak prospects. The two males both love their female friend – which can only be resolved with football.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 76 minutes. MoE 7, 18.00.

Doaa… Aziza
Aziza wants to leave Egypt and move to France – the same country that Doaa left to move to Egypt. Director Saad Hendawy followed both girls from 2005 until today to see how their lives turned out.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. MoE 8, 15.15. World Premiere

Enzo Avitabile Music Life
Following a well-received screening of his third Neil Young concert film, Journeys, at last year’s DIFF, Philadelphia director Jonathan Demme now brings a portrait of a rather less well-known musician; Enzo Avitabile. Here the Italian saxophonist is filmed in his home town of Naples, creating a portrait of both man and the city.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 15.45.

Finding Refuge in Ishinomaki

Following the great earthquake that shook Japan in 2011, thousands were left homeless and sought refuge in schools. This documentary looks at those forced to seek shelter in one particular school, tracing the refugees over six months.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 124 minutes. MoE 4, 12.15.

The Great North Korean Picture Show
Two foreign filmmakers became the first people to be allowed to shoot inside North Korea’s only film school, a state-run propaganda tool where artistic minds are taught to create rallying blockbusters that both please the population, and the country’s leader. This film focuses on one director struggling to finish his latest propaganda vehicle.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MoE 5, 16.00. World Premiere.

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Gulabi Gang
Documentary about a group of female campaigners in India, who traipse round the country in pink saris fighting for women’s rights.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 96 minutes. MoE 6, 18.15.

Him, Here
After Poignant Sri Lankan drama about an ex-Tamil Tiger who returns home after two years of action, and tries to start again with the woman he left behind.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 109 minutes. MoE 7, 20.45.

Hyde Park on Hudson

See Wednesday 12.
(15+) Arabic subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 18.00. (15+) Arabic subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes. MoE 12, 14.15.

In The Fog
Set during World War Two, in the Western frontier of the USSR when it was under Nazi occupation, this Russian drama is about the Belarus partisans who fought back against the rule. An innocent man is arrested, but when he is set free his countrymen fear an act of treason and turn on him. Intense and haunting.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 128 minutes. MoE 12, 17.15.

It Was Better Tomorrow
Despite the death of Ben Ali’s dictatorship, life is just as hard for Aida, a homeless Tunisian woman who wanders from one neighbourhood to another seeking shelter for her children, documented here by Jinde Boujemaa. A portrait of poverty and suffering from the vantage where politics no longer matters.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 71 minutes. MoE 4, 21.30.

Journey to the Christmas Star
This year’s family gala has a festive theme. A Norwegian kids’ fantasy, based on a play by Sverre Brandt.
(G) Runtime: 77 minutes. Madinat Arena, 15.00. World Premiere, Gala screening

The Land of Hope

Controversial, Award-winning Japanese filmmaker and performance poet Sono Sion’s latest movie is inspired by the nuclear disaster that rocked the country last year. It focuses on a rural farming family who live on the edge of the prescribed danger zone when a nuclear disaster is triggered, with their neighbours evacuated while they sit in fear.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 133 minutes. MoE 9, 15.15.

Land of the Story
Three generations of Armenian photographers – Elia, his father and his son – have all documented Jerusalem from within and outside its walls for decades. This documentary tells their story, and the story of the city as it moves through three generations of political and demographic changes.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 52 minutes. MoE 9, 21.45. World Premiere

Line of Sight
This Jordanian film focuses on an unhappy wife married to an absent man, who challenges a criminal who tries to steal her car. Her actions set off a chain of events that create some pivotal decisions.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 84 minutes. MoE 1, 18.00. World Premiere

My Brother
See Wednesday 12.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 77 minutes. MoE 6, 15.30.

My Brother The Devil
See Wednesday 12.
(18+) No subtitles. Runtime: 111 minutes. MoE 8, 18.15.

My Last Friend
When a popular doctor takes his own life, leaving behind a video will and a series of films of his life, everyone who knew him is forced to reassess their own life, creating a mirror of contemporary Syrian society.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 119 minutes. MoE 1, 21.00. World Premiere

Officer Down
A modern American film noir, based on a true story of a cop who becomes obsessed with the brutal serial offender he is tracking.
(18+) Runtime: 92 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 18.30. World Premiere

San Zimei – Three Sisters
This documentary looks at a poor Chinese family in rural Yunnan, focusing on three sisters aged ten, six and four who are expected to contribute to the family coffers.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 153 minutes. MoE11, 21.15.

Serenade

See Wednesday 12.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 103 minutes. MoE 5, 12.30.

Shut Up And Play The Hits
See Thursday 13.
(PG) No subtitles. Runtime: 108 minutes. MoE 5, 22.00.

Sightseers
The inventive but decidedly slight third feature from the UK’s Ben Wheatley, the director whose phenomenal Kill List screened at DIFF last year. A new couple leave cosy Midland suburbia on a caravan tour around some of Northern England’s least prepossessing tourist hotspots. But Chris’s fusty, ginger-bearded exterior hides the heart and soul of a ruthless killer, and it’s not long before the sheer, bloody-minded rudeness of the English public has him reaching for the nearest blunt instrument.
(18+) Arabic subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. MoE 12, 23.59.

The Cat That Lived a Million Times
Touching documentary about a 72-year-old Japanese picture book author who has been given two years to live. Focusing on the children’s classic she penned three decades earlier, the filmmaker interviews women who had the book read to them as children.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 91 minutes. MoE 5, 19.00.

The Turtle’s Rage
See Wednesday 12.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 69 minutes. MoE 4, 19.00.

The Valley of Tears
Marie, a Canadian editor, begins to receive packages from a young man who grew up in a Lebanese refugee camp. She begins to investigate the stories.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes. MoE 10, 15.30.

Valley of Saints
See Wednesday 12.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 82 minutes. MoE11, 15.15.

When Monaliza Smiled
See Wednesday 12.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes. MoE 7, 15.00.

Wolf Children
Japanese anime about a girl who falls in love with a ‘wolf-man’ and bears two children. Later, the offspring must decide whether to live among humans or animals.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 117 minutes. MoE 1, 15.30.

Zabana!
Algerian historical drama about the execution of Ahmad Zabana in 1956. The first martyr to be killed by the guillotine in the country, six months later Zabana’s death is said to have sparked the lengthy Algerian War, which saw the people rise up against their colonial rulers.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 12, 20.45.

Saturday 15
Alfie the Little Werewolf
Based on the novel by Paul van Loon, this quirky Dutch kids’ film is about a boy who wakes on his seventh birthday having turned into a white werewolf.
(6+) English subtitles. Runtime: 98 minutes. MoE 1, 11.00.

Asfouri
See Thursday 13 .
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 98 minutes. MoE 8, 21.15.

Bekas
The title translates as ‘parent-less’. Two young orphaned Iraqi Turks resolve to escape to the US after seeing Superman in the town’s first movie theatre. The children wonder whether he can stand up to Saddam Hussein.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 92 minutes. MoE 7, 18.45.

Char… The No-Mans Island
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 97 minutes. MoE 4, 18.30.

Death Metal Angola
See Thursday 13.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 90 minutes. MoE 8, 12.00.

Doaa… Aziza
See Friday 14.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. MoE 5, 21.30.

Enzo Avitabile Music Life
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MoE 5, 18.30.

Ernest & Celestine

French kids’ animation. In normal bear life it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse, but bear Ernest, a clown and musician, befriends Celestine anyway.
(G) English subtitles. Runtime: 76 minutes. MoE 1, 17.00.

Family Albums
See Thursday 13.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MoE 11, 18.30.

Fidgety Bram
Dutch kids’ film about a boy who is excited to about entering school – until he lands in the class of Mr Fish, the strictest teacher.
(8+) English subtitles. Runtime: 83 minutes. MoE 1, 14.00.

Inside
See Thursday 13.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 12, 12.15.

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It Was Better Tomorrow
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 71 minutes. MoE 9, 18.45.

Its About To Rain
See Thursday 13.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 7, 21.45.

The Land Of Hope
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 133 minutes. MoE 6, 11.30.

Land Of The Story
See Friday 14.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 52 minutes. MoE 10, 22.15.

Life Of Pi
A chance to catch the invite-only film that opened the festival. Three previous directors may have abandoned bids to bring Yann Martell’s Booker Prize-winning novel to the screen, but now Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee has succeeded, creating a 3D fantasy land that rivals the meticulous world of Avatar.
(12+) Arabic and French subtitles. Runtime: 126 minutes. MoE 12, 15.45.

Line Of Sight
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 84 minutes. MoE 9, 22.00.

Miss Lovely
See Thursday 13.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 110 minutes. MoE11, 11.30.

My Afghanistan – Life in the Forbidden Zone
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 87 minutes. MoE 9, 12.45.

My Last Friend
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 119 minutes. MoE 10, 15.45.

Nesma
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. MoE 4, 21.30.

Powerless

A documentary about fiftysomething Romanian immigrant Jamal, whose wife and children abandon him in Lebanon because they can’t cope with living in a country with an inconsistent electrical supply. So Jamal takes the country’s electricity supplier to court.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 53 minutes. MoE 8, 15.00. World Premiere

Quartet
Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this British film adapted by Ronald Harwood from his own play. The plot centres around a retirement home for opera singers, where three residents – Wilf (Billy Connolly), Reggie (Tom Courtenay) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) – attempt to put on a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. The concert is thrown into disarray when Reggie’s ex-wife and former grande dame of opera, Jean (Maggie Smith), arrives at the home.
(12+) No subtitles Runtime: 97 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 14.45.

Rust And Bone
French filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s first movie since 2009’s A Prophet stalks the fringes and extremes of human experience. It’s an end-of-the-line story of a man and woman. She’s a strong spirit dampened by a terrible accident; he’s a homeless single father who scrapes a living from street fighting. They meet in adversity on the Cote d’Azur and develop an odd, fragile bond, offering Marion Cotillard the platform for a career-defining performance.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 120 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 20.30.

Shahid
An interesting historical epic about Shahid Azmi, who became a messiah for India’s human-rights movement in the ’30s after being falsely imprisoned.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 126 minutes. MoE 12, 21.45.

Ship of Theseus
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 139 minutes. MoE 11, 14.45.

Sleepless Nights
Brutal documentary shedding light on Lebanon’s civil war through a high-ranking intelligence officer who was responsible for many deaths.
(12+) Arabic, English subtitles. Runtime: 128 minutes. MoE 5, 12.00.

Snackbar
See Thursday 13.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 83 minutes. MoE 7, 12.30.

Taboor
See Wednesday 12.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 84 minutes. MoE 6, 15.15.

The Master
Riffing on the early roots and allure of Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson creates the same compelling strangeness and heady intensity that he brought to Magnolia and There Will Be Blood. Rightfully attracting a huge buzz following release in the USA and Europe, much of it focused on Joaquin Phoenix’s frenzied lead role. A tale of warped power and fanatical delusions.
(18+) Arabic subtitles. Runtime: 137 minutes. Madinat Theatre, 17.15.

The Sapphires
The festival’s closing gala film is the heartwarming tale of four Aboriginal women who form The Sapphires, Australia’s answer to The Supremes. No one wants to know at first, until they run into the right contacts and find themselves entertaining the troops in Vietnam.
(PG) Arabic subtitles. Runtime: 103 minutes. Madinat Arena, 20.00. Gala screening.

Thy Womb
See Wednesday 12.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 106 minutes. MoE 1, 20.00.

Today
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 86 minutes. MoE11, 21.30.

True Story of Love, Life, Death and Sometimes Revolution
Filmmaker Nidal Hassan arrived in Damascus on the eve of the Syrian uprisings, and has collected the testimonies of women who were drawn to speak and act.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 65 minutes. MoE 4, 15.30.

The Valley Of Tears
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes. MoE 10, 19.15.

Wadjda
See Wednesday 12.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 97 minutes. MoE 9, 15.45.

Winter Of Discontent
See Thursday 13.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 94 minutes. MoE 12, 18.45.

Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing

See Wednesday 12.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 86 minutes. MoE 5, 15.30.

Zabana!
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 107 minutes. MoE 7, 15.30.

Sunday 16
Amour (Love)
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 127 minutes. MoE 1, 15.00.

Aseel

See Friday 14.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 78 minutes. MoE9 13.00.

The Attack
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 102 minutes. MoE 8, 15.30.

Casablanca Mon Amour
See Friday 14.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 78 minutes. MoE8, 12.30.

Great North Korean Picture Show
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MoE 5, 12.15.

Gulabi Gang
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 96 minutes. MoE 11, 15.15.

Him, Here After
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 109 minutes. MoE 11, 12.00.

Hitchcock
Set during the period in which he filmed all-time classic Psycho, this glowing biopic charts Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with wife Alma Reville. The pair are played here by acting heavyweights Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Expect a warm, puffy portrait of a great, but flawed, man.
(12+) Arabic, French subtitles. Runtime: 98 minutes. MoE 12, 18.30.

In The Fog
See Friday 14.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 128 minutes. MoE 10, 12.15.

Mariam
See Thursday 13.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 120 minutes. MoE 7, 15.00.

Me And You
Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest movie is about a 14-year-old boy who decides to spend a week’s solitude in the family basement by faking a ski trip. However, it doesn’t last long: his solitude is soon disturbed by his sister, and things are never the same for either again.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 103 minutes. MoE 10, 18.45.

Powerless
See Saturday 15.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 53 minutes. MOE7, 12.30.

Quartet
See Saturday 15.
(12+) No subtitles. Runtime: 97 minutes. MoE 12, 16.00.

Rust And Bone

See Saturday 15.
(15+) English subtitles. Runtime: 120 minutes. MoE 1, 18.30.

Sadournis Butterflies

See Thursday 13.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 94 minutes. MoE 10, 15.45.

Shahid
See Saturday 15.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 126 minutes. MoE 12, 12.30.

Tabu
See Thursday 13.
(18+) English subtitles. Runtime: 118 minutes. MoE 6, 15.15.

The Cat That Lived A Million Times
See Friday 14.
(PG) English subtitles. Runtime: 91 minutes. MoE 6, 12.00.

True Friends
See Thursday 13.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 104 minutes. MoE 1, 12.15.

Wolf Children
See Friday 14.
(12+) English subtitles. Runtime: 117 minutes. MoE 5, 18.15.

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