Cinema Akil permanently sets up shop at Alserkal Avenue

The independent film platform opens with a brand new programme of indie titles and cult classics

Fantastic news, indie film fans, Cinema Akil has found a new permanent home, which means we’ll be getting independent films at the same spot every night.

The independent film platform has shown critically acclaimed international movies from around the world, from different decades and genres, all to increase awareness of different styles of filmmaking.

For four years the platform has brought independent cinema to the UAE with pop-up venues throughout Dubai, and now it’s finally found a home.

Opening on Friday September 28, it also brings a new film schedule starting on the day, including two new regional premieres and a many more indie flicks.

First up is the endearing Yomeddine, which has been labelled “the road movie to end all road movies.” If you watch the charming trailer, you can see why.

Directed by Abu Bakr Shawky and Palme d’Or nominee, it tells the story Beshay, a man diagnosed with lepracy at a young age, living in leper colony in the Egyptian desert his whole life. After the death of his wife in the colony, the man decides to finally leave to search for his family roots.

This is when he meets Obama (no, not Barack), a Nubian orphan who comes along on Beshay’s journey across Egypt to find his family. Together they’ll confront different characters and conflicts, but as the old adage goes: It’s the journey, not the destination.

McQueen will also be screening, a biographical documentary directed by Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui, about none other than Alexander McQueen.

Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, along with recovered archives, the film will showcase the story of the notorious fashion designer, with exquisite visuals and music.

Tickets are priced from Dhs50, and you can check out the full calendar right here.

Cinema Akil will also be home to Project Chaiwala, a homegrown tea concept in the UAE which will be open for all-day dining inside the cinema.

Looking for more films to watch? You can always check out the latest movies coming out at the cinema right here, along with the latest reviews and previews over on our film page.
From Dhs50. Fri Sep 28-Fri Oct 12. Various times. Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, (058 524 6362).

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