Cinema Akil launches new summer-long film series to celebrate travelling

Cinema Akil Traveller to kick off with Italian classic movies from director Frederico Fellini

Cinema Akil launches new summer-long film series to celebrate travelling

As plans for travelling this summer been made difficult in light of COVID-19, Cinema Akil is offering another way to explore beautiful destinations around the world – on the silver screen.

Teaming up with the Italian Cultural Institute and Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Dubai’s indie cinema has launched Cinema Akil Traveller, a summer-long film series that celebrates all things travel with classic movies that focus on iconic destinations.

Kicking off from Friday June 26 until September, the series will start in Italy with four films including acclaimed Italian director Frederico Fellini’s classic masterpiece La Dolce Vita and Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty).

La Dolce Vita was the 1960’s Cannes Film Festival winner and nabbed the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1962. It depicts actor Marcello Mastrioanni as Fellini’s alter ego, travelling through an ultra-modern Rome as he dreams and fantasies about the beauty around him.

The Great Beauty was awards the Oscar for best foreign language film of the year in 2014, and tells the story of writer Jep Gambardella was has lived his life in Rome’s nightlife, only to find an exquisite beauty and timeless landscape past the nightlife scene.

Filmgoers can check out the full schedule once it’s released through, and through its social media channels.

“At Cinema Akil, we've always believed that cinema can take you through places and times: you don’t have to get on a plane to travel,” said founder and managing director of Cinema Akil Butheina Kazim.

“Summer 2020 is not a typical one and if like many this year you’re choosing not to fly to your summer holiday destination, we wanted to bring that destination to you. An ode to travel and wanderlust, Cinema Akil Traveller is taking a bet on the power of cinema to transport us into new landscapes.

Kazim added: “We’re proud to join forces with the newly opened Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Abu Dhabi and our long time partners Front Row Filmed Entertainment to bring to Dubai a program of dreams, a program of adventure and a program of films that truly capture Italy through the beauty of the big screen.”

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