DIFF schedule Sunday

What to watch on day seven of the Dubai International Film Festival

20 Cigarettes: One man’s journey back from the brink of death. Aureliano Amadei is an aimless 28 year old who travels to Iraq to join a film shoot in the middle of the desert. Within hours of arriving, he is part of a group of men targeted in a truck-bomb blast at the police station in Nasiriyah.
(18+) English, Italian. English subtitles. Runtime: 90 minutes. MOE4, 15.45.
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40: This brilliant debut feature from Turkish director Emre Sahin explores modern-day Istanbul through the eyes of three distinct protagonists: a disillusioned taxi driver, a bewildered illegal immigrant and a Turkish woman.
(18+) Turkish. English subtitles. Runtime: 87 minutes. MOE9, 11.30.
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Ar Riyadh: A short, dramatic piece of cinema from Saudi Arabia. Urban environments and the relationship inhabitants develop with their surroundings are explored in this thought-provoking piece.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 10 minutes. MOE8, 16.15.
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Bahiya… and Mahmoud:  In this well-acted short, Zaid Abu Hamdan explores love in old age, and the beauty of relationships that survive a lifetime.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 14 minutes. MOE4, 12.30.
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Brownbook Urban Series: 10 Episodes of People Transforming the Region: A series of 10 talks with those that are transforming the UAE’s urban scene, whether it’s through food, design, arts or any other creative means.
(PG) English. Runtime: 40 minutes. MOE11, 13.00.
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Bullet Time: Iraqi Kurdistan, 1991. A few months after the first Gulf war, two humanitarian workers brave the curfew to save their interpreter’s son, wounded by a landmine. All through the night, lives are shattered, secrets told and knots undone.
(15+) English, Arabic, French. English subtitles. Runtime: 31 minutes. MOE4, 15.45.
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Canary: A look at the lives of four ordinary people touched by the passage of a small canary from one pair of hands to the next. Although each protagonist is radically different in their own way, each suffers from the same loneliness and sense of desperation.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 13 minutes. MOE8, 16.15.
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Corridor: A geeky student moves into a new apartment as he prepares for his exams at medical college. Not long after, a chain of disturbing, unsettling events take place, involving the strange girl living upstairs.
(15+) Swedish. English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MOE7, 15.45.
Editor's Pick, Repeat screening

Fragments of a Lost Palestine: Filmmaker Norma Marcos has both French and Palestinian passports, yet finds herself a citizen of nowhere. Denied entry to Palestine, she is unable to visit her ailing mother, and spends much of her time being given the runaround by civil servants.
(PG) English, Arabic, French. English subtitles. Runtime: 74 minutes. MOE7, 12.30.
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Garagouz: Mokhtar earns his living as a puppeteer. Using his old van, he moves between schools scattered in the Algerian countryside, encountering the prejudices and obstacles of others as he goes.
(18+) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 24 minutes. MOE4, 12.30.
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Gaza Diver: This documentary follows the bombing of a Palestinian family’s home during the recent war on Gaza, which left members of the family dead, others terribly injured.
(PG) English, Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 24 minutes. MOE11, 13.00.
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Habibti: Iman, a conservative woman, pays a surprise visit to her estranged daughter in London and is shocked to find her living with a boyfriend, Marlon.
(PG) English, Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 16 minutes. MOE4, 12.30.
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Life of Stone:Saeed Al Thuhoory is a 70-year-old man from Shaam, Ras Al Khaimah. Since the age of 10, he has worked with his father, quarrying rocks and stones from the mountains that surround the tiny emirate.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 9 minutes. MOE11, 13.00.
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Life, Above All: Fear and panic is struck into the heart of Elandsdoorn, a small rural South African village, when a baby suddenly dies. Left bereaved, 12-year-old Chanda tries to come to terms with the tragedy.
(15+) Sepedi. English subtitles. Runtime: 105 minutes. MOE10, 12.00.
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Malaki – Scent of an Angel: For more than five years, relatives of people reported missing in Lebanon have been keeping vigil outside the UN Headquarters in Beirut. A legacy of Lebanon’s civil war, more than 18,000 individuals remain unaccounted for. This is the story of the mothers of those who have vanished, who refuse to forget them and continue to campaign for the truth.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 80 minutes. MOE1, 12.30.
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Maydoum: When he hears his cousin is to sell their grandmother’s land, Sharif gets on the first plane home to Cairo. On arrival, he finds himself faced with old arguments and new decisions in a changing country.
(PG) English, Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 13 minutes. MOE4, 12.30.
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Morning Glory: When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is fired from a local news programme, her career begins to look as bleak as her love life. Stumbling into a failing morning show, Becky decides to revitalise the programme by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford).
(18+) English. Runtime: 110 minutes. MOE12, 12.30.
Editor's Pick, Repeat screening

Mustache: A man living in Kuwait is unable to grow a moustache. It could become a serious problem.
(PG) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 15 minutes. MOE8, 16.15.
Repeat screening

My Father: In a rural Thai village, a small family’s father is forced to quit his job as a train station janitor because of a protest letter he penned to the authorities. Despite the hardships faced by his penniless family, he heads to Bangkok to join a Red Shirts mass rally.
(15+) Thai. English subtitles. Runtime: 22 minutes. MOE6, 12.00.
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Open Doors: Living images from the dead past help Tara cope with her present, which is devoid of any contact with the outer world. But for how long can this self-deception keep the body and soul together?
(12+) Hindi. English subtitles. Runtime: 15 minutes. MOE6, 12.00.
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Ordinary Days: A moving film linking three stories, three characters and a number of acts of violence. Ordinary Days is a triptych featuring ‘Between’, ‘Among’ and Distance’. ‘Between’ tells the story of Han-cheol, a deeply depressed insurance salesman; ‘Among’ follows Hyo-ri, an accessory designer in her mid-twenties who has just been dumped by her boyfriend; and ‘Distance’ is a story of Su-hyuk who is mourning the death of his grandfather.
(18+) Korean. English subtitles. Runtime: 106 minutes. MOE6, 15.15.
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Pedal: Shiori has been searching for her missing son, Koichi, for five years. Her younger son, Kota, is now eight years old – the same age Koichi was at the time he disappeared. One day, Kota meets a boy who claims to be his brother.
(12+) Japanese. English subtitles. Runtime: 30 minutes. MOE6, 12.00.
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Pegasus: A young woman is discovered by the police, traumatised and fragile. It transpires that she is pregnant, and claims she has been raped by a demon she refers to as the Lord Of The Horse. After being referred to a psychiatrist, she begins exhibiting disturbing symptoms.
(18+) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 104 minutes. MOE8, 12.00.
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Pumzi: A chilling tale, set some time in the future, after a series of global ‘water’ wars have driven the remaining human population underground. In an East African subterranean community, one determined woman finds a germinating seed and tries to escape to the outside with it – only to be heavily discouraged.
(PG) English. Runtime: 22 minutes. MOE6, 12.00.
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Sabeel: Two small boys live with their elderly grandparent in the mountains of the UAE. Spending their days tending their vegetables and then selling produce on the road, they have to earn enough money to buy medicine for their sick grandmother.
(PG) No dialogue. Runtime: 20 minutes. MOE4, 12.30.
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Sleeping with Her: Titisi is an Indonesian carer who looks after an old lady in Taiwan. The pair are close, even sharing a bed, yet inevitably there are tensions that begin to surface. The old lady treats Titisi as her daughter, taking a maternal interest in her life, while Titisi is restless, dreaming of romance and love with a man she’s just met.
(15+) Mandarin. English subtitles. Runtime: 28 minutes. MOE6, 12.00.
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The Bridal Quarter: Set in 1989, deep in the heart of rural Philippines in the Mindanao province, 16-year-old Ayesah is informed, to her surprise and displeasure, that she is to marry Hussein and according to custom, is to be sequestered in her room for a month while her family prepares for the wedding.
(15+) Tagalog, Maguindanaon. English subtitles. Runtime: 83 minutes. MOE1, 15.45.
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The City of the Dead: Cairo is a colourful and chaotic world of life and death. Cleaving a four-mile path down the spine of the city is a mass of ancient tombs, mausoleums and crypts. Many
date back centuries. But this city of the dead is also very much alive.
(12+) Arabic. English subtitles. Runtime: 62 minutes. MOE11, 16.15.
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The First Movie: This special documentary was shot in the sun-baked village of Goptapa, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Travelling through the region in 2008, British writer and filmmaker Mark Cousins discovered a community thriving in Goptapa, yet still haunted by Saddam Hussein’s genocidal massacres that took place 20 years ago.
(PG) English, Kurdish. English subtitles. Runtime: 76 minutes. MOE10, 15.15.
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The Flowers of Kirkuk: It’s ’80s Iraq and two star-crossed lovers, doctors Najla and Sherko, know they can’t be together, no matter how strongly they feel for each other. Sherko is Kurdish, Nadja from a prominent Arab family.
(15+) Arabic, Kurdish, Italian. English subtitles. Runtime: 117 minutes. MOE5, 15.30.
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The Hunter: Recently released from prison, Ali makes the most of his return. Despite working nights, he tries to spend as much time possible with his wife and young daughter. To escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his favourite pastime: hunting.
(18+) Farsi. English subtitles. Runtime: 92 minutes. MOE9, 14.45.
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The Magic: Tree Once upon a time, there was a magic oak tree. The local people, unaware of its power, chopped it down and cut it up, using its wood for furniture. Despite this, the wood has kept its powers, and they spread far around the world as items made from the tree are sent abroad, where strange things begin to happen.
(G) Polish. English subtitles. Runtime: 90 minutes. MOE12, 15.45.

The Philosopher: Baggio (Jean Reno) is a successful Parisian, a pianist, footballer and bon vivant, yet he feels there is something missing from his life.
(PG) English. Runtime: 17 minutes. MOE11, 13.00.
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The Red Eagle: A long-awaited reboot of the ’60s Thai superhero franchise, with a tense plot, sharply-drawn dynamic characters and lashings of super-stylised violence against a coolly ironic, wryly humorous backdrop that frames the action superbly.
(18+) Thai. English subtitles. Runtime: 130 minutes. MOE5, 12.15.
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To Rest in Peace: Inspired by the true story of Malek, a Kuwaiti man, during the invasion of the country in 1990. Day after day, he passes two dead bodies, untended on the street. Caught between his fear of death and respect for human dignity, he decides to bury the bodies himself.
(15+) English. Runtime: 18 minutes. MOE8, 16.15.
Repeat screening

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