Gulf Film Festival listings

Every film at the 2013 Gulf Film Festival

Calcutta Taxi
Calcutta Taxi
Crazy Calm
Crazy Calm
Ephemeral
Ephemeral
Ghazil - The Story of Rashid & Jawaher
Ghazil - The Story of Rashid & Jawaher
A Shade of Grey
A Shade of Grey
Birdie
Birdie
Another Night on Earth
Another Night on Earth
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Thursday 11

Wadjda
Opening the festival is this hit movie from DIFF last year. The first feature to be filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia, from the country’s first female director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Wadjda uses the device of a young girl growing up to explore and question the country’s rules and conservatism, while presenting a moving coming-of-age story.
(PG) Germany/ Saudi Arabia/UAE. Runtime 97 minutes. Feature fiction. 8pm, Grand Cinemas 1.

Friday 12

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The story of three immigrants living in London, two of them of Indian origin and the third from Iraq, who suffer brutal exploitation of the sort that is normally not associated with a modern, Western city.
(12+) Iraq. Runtime 52 minutes. Feature documentary. 4.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

A Promise
Some parts of our life remain in our memory, while other parts keep us in the memory of others.
(15+) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Almost the Teacher
While exploring the issue of education in the UAE, an Emirati debates whether to be a teacher.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 98 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Another Night on Earth
In endless traffic jams on Cairo’s jammed streets, and while unrest rages outside, passengers and taxi drivers talk and debate their present and future.
(PG) Spain. Runtime 89 minutes. Short documentary. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Aseel
Nine-year-old Aseel has a father who is the sheikh of his village and trains camels for racing. However, the increasing focus placed on tourism results in a natural disaster.
(PG) Oman. Runtime 78 minutes. Feature fiction. 6.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Back Seat
A woman has to get to work, but finds herself with a reckless driver.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 82 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Bader
The story of a young boy who struggles to find his place in an all-boys elementary school, so turns to poetry to help him overcome his challenges.
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 82 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Bird Food
A businessman who feeds some birds his sandwich finds he got more than he bargained for.
(PG) Ireland. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Birdie
A woman comes home with no one to meet her but the gardener, to whom she is indifferent.
(PG) Poland. Runtime 89 minutes. Short fiction. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Calcutta Taxi

Three lives are explored against the backdrop of a city going through a political crisis.
(PG) Canada/India. Runtime 86 minutes. Feature documentary. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Cantarella
When an artist dies, there is a notable absence at the funeral.
(12+) Italy. Runtime 93 minutes. Animation. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Collecting My Passion
A short documentary about Emirati collectors.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short documentary. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Crazy Calm
An emotional journey about a Qatari stricken with cancer, whose suffering is reflected through her painting.
(15+) Qatar. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Drop Outs (Silent Weapons)
The issue of male students dropping out of schools is discussed by two students and three professors.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 82 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Ehfeedh
A documentary that explores the legend of Hor Hafeez, in southern Iraq.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 82 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.


Factory of Lies
A Chicago pawnbroker is met by a slew of ominous customers descending upon his shop, after dismissing his grandson for the afternoon.
(12+) Saudi Arabia/USA. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Glimmer
An old optician plans to close his shop due to his weak eyesight. But he has one more job to do first.
(PG) Iran. Runtime 89 minutes. Short fiction. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Grand Marriage
One of the most unique Arab wedding ceremonies takes place in the tropical islands of the Comoros, over a two-week period.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 52 minutes. Feature documentary. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Half a Chicken
Set in the capital of the richest country in the world, we follow a day in the life of a vagrant.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

High Noon
A schoolboy accidentally offends the biggest kid in the class. Everything boils down to a fateful encounter at high noon.
(PG) Venezuela. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

I Was There, in Baghdad
A documentary film about a life in exile.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 100 minutes. Short Documentary. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Impermanence
Waking up in shabby ruins, protagonist Wu Chang tries to piece together his memories through his surroundings.
(PG) Taiwan. Runtime 86 minutes. Animation. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Inertial Love
Javier is dragged down into a state of inertia at the end of a relationship.
(PG) Spain. Runtime 89 minutes. Short fiction. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Invasion
Four friends from the south of the city decide to take a trip to the north.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Just a Picture
Three men go to the desert to take a picture. However, the photographer abandons two of them in the middle of the scorching desert.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Lift Off
Clumsy blue-beaked Joey cannot fly because of his small wings.
(PG) Netherlands. Runtime 95 minutes. Animation. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Linear
A line is a dot that went for a walk in this experimental animation.
(PG) Brazil. Runtime 93 minutes. Animation. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Little Kyota Neon Hood
A light-hearted drama in which Kyota, a young Japanese boy, discovers a friendship with his English teacher, despite their language differences.
(PG) Japan. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Loot
An unusual bank robbery, one where the line between reality and imagination is blurred.
(PG) South Africa. Runtime 86 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Man in Suit
A busy working mother has to take her children to the funfair alone after her husband forgets about the outing.
(PG) Netherlands. Runtime 86 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.


Me, My Wife and Our Cow
A patient old woman, an old man in love and their cow are the main characters in this story.
(PG) Iran. Runtime 95 minutes. Animation. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Men’s Barbershop
The protagonist is faced with the seemingly impossible challenge of changing his barber.
(12+) Kuwait. Runtime 100. Short fiction. 6pm,Grand Cinemas 6.

Moments
Two individuals reminisce about their deceased friend.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Palmipedarium
Sometimes it gets confusing for our protagonist Simon, and he gets lost.
(PG) France. Runtime 95 minutes. Animation. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Photo
A polemic against domineering men who exert their authority.
(PG) Yemen. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Portraits
Poverty-struck Grandma Paulina can’t afford food. She wins a Polaroid camera in a raffle, but soon runs out of film and finds herself still hungry.
(PG) Colombia. Runtime 89 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Princess
Falls Eleonore travels to the south of Chile with her partner Martin in a quest to discover her roots.
(PG) Chile. Runtime 86 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Quiet
A boy who faced tragedy at an early age must now deal with an even worse tragedy, and he begins to wonder if it is his fault.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 82 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Rain
Without Clouds Khaled harbours a bitter memory that leads him to an asylum. As he recalls his life, he wonders how he came to be in his current situation.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Rhinos
A young couple is brought together by circumstance, despite a language barrier.
(PG) Ireland. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm. Grand Cinemas 4.

Royal Love
A love story about a woman who is in a coma for three years, and awakes demanding the mystery voice who has stayed by her bedside.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Feature fiction. 9.15pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Scenes From A Farmhouse
A film about love, war, grief and acceptance set in a pre-torn, rural Eastern Europe.
(PG)Australia. Runtime 86 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Silhouette
The film explores the theme of hope and creating a new life out of death.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Slow Death
This film looks at the ‘box of trouble’ that can be found in every house in this world.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 82 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Snap
A young underwater critter meets a frog and an unlikely new friend.
(PG) Belgium/United Kingdom. Runtime 95 minutes. Animation. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.


Sonia’s Story
Exploring Florence in the 1970s, Sonia’s growth into adulthood during this period is marked by terrorism.
(12+) Italy. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Sons of River

Samer, an Iraqi Sabian, hopes for a secure future for his country, but like many others he emigrates from Iraq.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 80 minutes. Short documentary. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Stick
On the beach, a stray dog finally finds someone kind: a friendly man on his day off.
(PG) Norway. Runtime 95 minutes. Animation. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Thaba
A thriller focusing on the conflict between a father and his daughter.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

The 12th Man
In the heart of the bleachers, the 12th man is the perfect incarnation of gregariousness.
(PG) France. Runtime 89 minutes. Animation. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Devil’s Ballroom
After burying his last remaining companion, a fearless explorer has to find his way to the North Pole alone.
(12+) Greenland/Norway. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm,Grand Cinemas 4.

The Girl from Gori
Tamari, a refugee child from Georgia, is new in class and is seated next to a Russian boy, who destroys her greatest treasure, but soon regrets it.
PG) Georgia. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Hour Glass
Death lives by himself in a small house in no man’s land, but his daily routine is disrupted when he finds an abandoned baby in front of his home.
(PG) Germany/UK. Runtime 86 minutes. Animation. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

The Importance of Sweet & Salt
A tragicomedy about a man’s inner struggle to escape an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his wife.
(15+) Belgium. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

The Invention
Two 12-year-old boys face a double challenge – figuring out the magic of photography and the mysteries of women.
(PG) Colombia. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Job Interview
After a failed job interview, Ahmed learns that he must treat everyone with respect, irrespective of their nationality or designation.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 82 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm. Grand Cinemas 9.

The Scream
Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami, whose films focus on women’s issues and corruption, examines the aftermath of women’s participation in her country’s uprising: they hoped for democracy, but what did they ultimately achieve?
(PG) Yemen. Runtime 84 minutes. Feature documentary. 9.15pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Tooth of Hope
Walid loses his job and starts to look for another one, but finds out that his wife is pregnant and is concerned about his family’s future.
(PG) UAE, Lebanon. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Traffic Light
A driver jumps a red light and causes an accident.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Under the Skies
Brush strokes of paint dance to the rhythm of colours, creating a whole new world.
(PG) Denmark. Runtime 98 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Vanish
A single mother tries to raise her child to the best of her ability, until a mysterious event occurs.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Your Voice, Your Scent, Your People
The protagonist gradually begins to lose her Egyptian culture as she adapts to living in a different place.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 98 minutes. Short Fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.


Saturday 13

8 Billion
The story of a couple, whose romance is straight from the movies. Three years later, reality hits them in the form of a baby.
(15+) Qatar. Runtime 115 minutes. Short fiction. 5pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

A Shade of Grey
A peaceful life on a family farm. It is a cold, clear winter day. Nine-year-old Noémy is about to leave the carefree world of her childhood behind.
(12+) Canada. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Ana
Ana lives alone in a remote village and is assaulted by two boys.
(12+) Moldova. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Another Mother
More than a million children are said to have been left orphaned since the US invasion in Iraq. Those who have found shelter at the National Orphanage in Basra reveal their shocking stories.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 97 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Away
A young man is offered a job abroad and is forced to choose between his home and wife and a new opportunity.
(12+) Russia. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 8pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Bani
Adam Interconnected relationships between the protagonists of different classes create for an interesting scenario.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 139 minutes. Feature fiction. 8pm, Grand Cinemas 5.

Bekas
Two homeless orphans in Iraqi Kurdistan under the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein seek an escape, in this stunning autobiographical movie from Karzan Kader. Dramatic, touching and funny, this won the People’s Choice award, based on a public vote, at DIFF last year.
(PG) Sweden/Finland/Iraq. Runtime 92 minutes. Feature fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Berlin Telegram
Leila is a singer-songwriter with nothing but her voice to accompany her as she wanders from one place to another, in this lyrical road movie based on a true story.
(12+) Belgium/Germany/France. Runtime 82 minutes. Feature fiction. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Bpp!
Ma and Pa have been married forever. They love to play dangerous games to keep their love alive.
(PG) Australia. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Doll
An artistic short film about the life of a doll in a display window in Paris.
(PG) Switzerland. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Eastern Winds
This short paints a picture of the political and social struggles that came to be known as the Arab Awakening.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 97 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Ephemeral
Alicia lives in a cozy windmill with her grandmother and dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.
(18+) Spain. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Ghazil – The Story of Rashid & Jawaher
A story inspired by Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, set in the Gulf in the early 1900s.
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 115 minutes. Short fiction. 5pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

His Name
The film explores an unlikely friendship that blossoms between a Qatari woman and the man who cleans the streets in her neighbourhood.
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 115 minutes. Short documentary. 5pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Hope
A beautiful woman takes on the challenge of helping others survive.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 103. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Living in Limbo
The challenges of an ex-detainee reintegrating into society.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 97 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Lyrics Revolt
Arab hip-hop has emerged as the soundtrack of the resistance and this docu features the leading musicians around the world, looking at the role music plays in this game-changing moment for the Middle East.
(15+) UAE/Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon/ Libya/Morocco/Palestine/Qatar/Saudi Arabia/Syria/Tunisia. Runtime 115 minutes. Feature documentary 5pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Men Subdue
A husband comes home tired after a long day and angers his wife with his distance.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Men’s Only
Five theatre actors decide during a rehearsal to revolt against their director.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Mirage.net
The true story of a girl seeking love through social networks, who stumbles into a trap.
(15+) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Mutiny
A cook struggles to control a complex condition in his hand.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

No Body
A dissatisfied worker who is belittled by his colleagues dreams up his own world where people are nothing but objects.
(18+) France. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Once Upon a Scent
In a village without colours and fragrances, Lola arrives with her scented skin.
(PG) Lebanon. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Sarab
A woman cannot let go of her past, until she meets a stranger, who seems to know her.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Shirin
A dramatic love story about Farhad, who returns to his village in Iraqi Kurdistan and falls in love with Shirin.
(15+) France/Iraq. Runtime 105 minutes. Feature fiction. 2.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Souvenirs from Candy Land

This docu explores media claims that more young people in the UAE are using illegal substances.
(15+) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Studio Beirut
Toufik, a young photographer, owns his own studio, which is threatened by a new state-backed neighbour.
(PG) Lebanon. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Sunset
Three men head out to camp in the desert. On their way, the car breaks down in front of a haunted farm.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Accursed
A man’s greed drives him to sacrifice his daughter to protect his wealth.
(15+) UAE. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Beekeeper
The story of a beekeeper who lost everything in the Turk-Kurd war – his wife, children, country and more than 500 bee colonies – but finds a new life keeping bees in Switzerland.
(PG) Switzerland. Runtime 107 minutes. Feature documentary. 9pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Masked
Ahmed Al Jaber drives by Doha’s corniche in a vehicle decorated with flags, golden ornaments and lights. What motivates him to put on this show?
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 115 minutes. Short documentary. 5pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

The Orphanage
When several children end up in an orphanage, Bassem, a renowned journalist, attempts to clarify the matter.
(15+) UAE. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Path
Three men wake up in a car. Their clothes are stained with blood and a stranger in their midst knows everything about them.
(18+) UAE. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Road
A mother-son relationship is depicted through a road flanked by trees.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Swing of the Coffin Maker
Yagub lives with his mentally disabled son Musa, until a shattering piece of news from the doctor brings about a sudden change.
(18+) Germany. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 9.

Transient
Dream-like images address issues related to the concepts of home, identity and belonging.
(PG) Philippines/ Qatar. Runtime 115 minutes. Short documentary. 5pm,Grand Cinemas 9.

Trauma
The film focuses on Ahmed, who witnesses his brother’s drowning.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 97 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Valley
A blind mother lives with her son and daughter.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 97 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Void
The film explores Adam’s struggle with his empty wall.
(PG) Kuwait, Oman. Runtime 103 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

When Jackie Met Saleh
As the leader of the Muslim community at his university, Saleh advises his friends to avoid relationships with the opposite sex, until he meets a girl he can’t get out of his mind.
PG) Canada. Runtime 97 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Where Are We?
The story of a girl who suffers an assault, but is offered no help.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 95 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Women of Bricks
Iraq’s former farming families are now forced to live as brickworking migrants as the agriculture industry declines.
PG) Iraq. Runtime 97 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Zini and Ami
After a failed relationship Zinì buys Amì, an android prototype that is virtually perfect and programmed to like most of the things he does. However it’s unlikely to be a happy ending.
(12+) Italy. Runtime 75 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.


Sunday 14

18-
A prison docu about Mohammed Yemen, 27, who is sentenced to death for killing one of his friends accidentally when he was 13 years old.
(PG) Yemen. Runtime 99 minutes. Short documentary. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

48 Hours
A young Iraqi man has been threatened with death if he doesn’t flee within 48 hours.
(12+) Iraq. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

69
The film voices the concerns of the younger UAE generation.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 100 minutes. Short documentary. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

A Night
One night on a farm, Nasser is faced with an unexpected incident.
(15+) UAE. Runtime 99 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm. Grand Cinemas 2.

Allah is Great
A Danish engineer meets a taxi driver when he is on his way out of a remote Indian village to Nairobi. Coming from different worlds, their journey together results in mayhem.
(PG) India. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Balloons
The film looks at the life of a balloon seller.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Bedouin Woman
Documentary about Iraqis of different ethnic backgrounds united in their struggle to save a Kurdish child after he was injured in a government clash against the Kurds in 1988.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 99 minutes. Short documentary. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Bidoon
Two students from different backgrounds pursue a secret relationship, and then cause a shock when they announce to their families their intention to marry.
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Bobby
On his way to school, a young boy meets a stray dog he calls Bobby. A new friendship begins until Fares decides to take Bobby home.
(12+) Tunisia. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Guilt
A young boy’s daily routine is interrupted by strange events that begin to happen around him.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Hessa
When possessed by a djinn (spirit), people resort to seeking treatment from a charlatan and ignore the real causes of the problem. Here the director focuses on women and the impact of neglect and coercion.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Impurity
The film explores a world shrouded in gloom and consumed with hatred, selfishness and sadness. Sara, a young girl, sets out in search of her lost sister.
(15+) Kuwait. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

In Case You Forgot
Two Emirati friends, Ahmed and Ali, spend their time pursuing women, but insist that their sisters stay at home to avoid contact with boys indulging in similar behaviour. The hypocrisy is soon made clear to them.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

It’s About to Rain
A film about an Algerian father and two Algerian-Italian sons, struggling to come to terms with living in an Italy that appears to reject them.
(18+) Iraq/Italy/Kuwait, UAE. Runtime 91 minutes. Feature fiction. 9pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Kaddad
When doors close for a young man who works hard to make a living, he moves towards that which is forbidden. His life stands still at those closed doors.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

Lonely Bones
A short film about creating dreams and making a sacrifice.
(12+) France/Netherlands. Runtime 98 minutes. Animation. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Mein Kampf
Kamil, a Turkish graphic designer, tries to convince the Nazi Party that he is ‘German’ enough to join them. He is told that he can join them, but they betray him and use his face on posters with the slogan ‘The Terrorist Next Door’.
(PG) Germany. Runtime 99 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Our Home
A father uses his new camera to record his daughter playing, only to discover the maid’s impact on her life, which reveals the parents’ carelessness.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Passport Photo
A Kuwaiti national visits a photographer to have a photo taken for his passport picture. However, he is disappointed after the photo shoot.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 99 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Power
To save herself, the protagonist seeks a suitable role model. There are three characters that influence her life: her father and two other men. In them, she tries to discover her own personality.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Sanctity
Areej, a young pregnant Saudi widow, will endure anything to protect her unborn child.
(12+) France/Saudi Arabia. Runtime 100 minutes. Short fiction. 2.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Man Inside
The filmmaker books a hotel room in a foreign land where his absent father once lived and worked. Equipped with a camera, a cassette player and a stack of unread letters, he sets about re-imagining a man he never knew.
(PG)France/Kuwait/UAE. Runtime 51 minutes. Feature documentary. 9.30pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Prisoner
A group of boy scouts play a strategy game in the mountains, when two boys from the yellow team suddenly decide to take someone from the red team prisoner.
(PG) Venezuela. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Rope
The appearance of a rope outside Maallem Youssef’s shop in Beirut stirs interest within the community. Although now a newsmaker, his family, who are only interested in money and fame, abandon him.
(12+) Lebanon. Runtime 98 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Signature
Sara is a creative student who stays back at college late to work on her own project. Her secret causes strange things to happen.
(12+) UAE. Runtime 80 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 10.

The Sons of Two Suns
The story of three survivors in Dubai during the end of the world. They search for shelter in an empty city devastated by two suns on the horizon.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 99 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Ziad left his country to complete his studies in Dubai and is excited to be in a city where he thinks he can have unlimited fun. However, he soon discovers that what goes around, comes around.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 99 minutes. Short fiction. 6pm, Grand Cinemas 2.


Monday 15

Amal’s Garden
Amal and Mustafa have shared a long life together in northern Iraq. When Amal decides to renovate their home after a decade of war, Mustafa retreats to the wilderness of the garden, where he encounters the curious gaze of his grand-niece and her camera. A portrait of an ageing couple moving forward in a new Iraq.
(PG) Iraq/USA. Runtime 105 minutes. Short documentary. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Daddy ABC
A father discovers the challenges of caring for a baby when his wife decides she needs a break and leaves him alone with their child.
(PG) UAE/ United Kingdom. Runtime 93 minutes. Animation. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Dinosaur
Government employee Bu Mansour strives to change his job title before his retirement.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 105 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Echo
A child with deaf and dumb parents is made to feel different, especially at school. Although he is physically normal and he delights his parents, his father does not want to have another child. This decision strains the family dynamics.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. 98 minutes. Feature fiction. 9.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Enough is Enough
This documentary follows the lives of five Emiratis who want to break the silence in society and defend the rights of their foreign mothers.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 105 minutes. Short documentary. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Exit K1
Exit K1 is a road sign on the outskirts of Athens. It takes motorists off the motorway on to an off-road terrain, where migrants co-exist next to contemporary urban mobility. The film depicts the country’s landscape as experienced by its temporary ‘citizens’.
(PG) Greece. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Father
This film turns reality around by creating a dialogue between a child and a father that never happens.
(PG) Bulgaria/ Croatia/Germany. Runtime 101 minutes. Animation 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Foreign
Foreign explores a day in the life of a resident in Saudi Arabia – the problems he faces and how he is deprived of the simple right to live.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Fuga
Sara, who has just arrived at St Cecilia’s Conservatory, will discover there are different ways to interpret each side of the prism from which she perceives her reality and talent.
(PG) Spain. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Half Life
A lonely young girl creates a world of her own with imaginary characters from a gloomy past. However, the hope for a better life never fades.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Hsu Behind the Screen
Six-year-old Hsu Ji is alone and staves off her boredom by watching an old slapstick movie – until the film’s three protagonists end up in the real world.
(PG) France. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

It Didn’t Have to Be Like This
A good day turns sour when Sara struggles to follow her boss’s instructions. Unknowingly, her stress has an impact on those around her.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Ka’Bool
Khalid, aka Ka’bool, is a Bedouin who works at a fast food outlet to pay his bills. When he is fired from his job, he finds himself in a difficult situation, as people try to take advantage of him and mock him for his previous job.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

No One’s Land
During the Iran-Iraq war, a German girl loses her way while trying to visit Baghdad to see her fiancé, who is a NATO soldier. She is found by a Kurdish family living on the border.
(PG) Iran. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

A Fallible Girl
Lifei sets up a mushroom farm in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi with her best friend Yaya, using the hard-earned money that the two Chinese girls made to create a better life for themselves. Personal tragedy strikes and she has to return to China, but not before she has to pay off her ever-increasing debts.
(15+) UK/China. Runtime 104 minutes. Feature fiction. 9pm, Grand Cinemas 4.

Rain, Passage, Companion
It’s a rainy day. There is a group of guys. An old covered woman is surrounded by strange men.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 105 minutes.Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Scenario
A hard-working director produces and directs a low-budget film with a group of people he has worked with before. All is well until someone dies on set.
(12+) Kuwait. Runtime 122 minutes. Feature fiction. 8.30pm, Grand Cinemas 5.

The Detective
A thriller that traces the clash between a young detective and a fugitive criminal.
(12+) Kuwait. Runtime 105 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

The Long Way Down
An Arab national and a Westerner work out their differences in an elevator – but the building’s security team thinks they are a pair of dangerous terrorists.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 105 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Till When?
A woman bound by traditions is torn between what she has chosen and what was chosen for her.
(15+) UAE/Egypt. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Topaz Duo: Cosmic Phoenix
An evil alien attempts to destroy Earth. Meanwhile, travelling Egyptian lounge singers Ahmed and Nahla (aka Topaz Duo) arrive in Doha, seeking a way to destroy the alien invader using the power of their catchy pop music.
(PG) Qatar. Runtime 105 minutes. Short fiction. 5.45pm, Grand Cinemas 2.

Um Khanoor
The stories of some of the residents of a popular area.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2.15pm, Grand Cinemas 2.


Tuesday 16

Accident....
On an empty street a young man waits for a car to take him to an unknown destination. As time passes and the sun sets, fear escalates and risks increase.
(12+) Bahrain. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Baghdad Messi
Eight-year-old Hamoudi has only one leg, but is addicted to football. He and his friends – like the rest of the world – are looking forward to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester: ‘Messi versus Ronaldo’. But then the television breaks.
(PG) Iraq/UAE/Belgium. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Cotton
A story about a girl and her experiences while sponsoring a sheep.
(12+) UAE, Iraq. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Crossing
A young boy believes in a world above the swing in his neighbourhood playground. He tries to enter that world.
(PG) Oman. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Half Emirati
Five Emirati nationals of mixed parentage share their experiences and stories about what it is like to be among those who are born to Emirati parents.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Panel. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

I
A tormented psychopath is under the spotlight for a crime he committed. When recalling the moments leading up to his crime, he reveals his hatred for the imperfections of his friend’s asymmetrical face and how he decided to take matters into his own hands.
(18+) Qatar. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Journeyman and the City of Pilgrims
Jalal Bin Thaneya embarks on a 2,000km journey to Mecca on foot. During his journey he contemplates and realises the destructive nature of humanity, and overcomes several challenges on his way to the holy site.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Feature documentary. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Murk Light
Two friends set off from their village to the city. They spend most of the trip recollecting memories, atop a bus.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Present
A poor man wants to celebrate his wedding anniversary by buying his wife an expensive gift.
(PG) Kuwait. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Safi
A short nostalgic trip to a time when a fan, iced Vimto and TV antennas were part of the experience of playing cards. Today technology has changed entertainment, with all the channels now at our fingertips.
(PG) UAE. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Scrap
The film revolves around an old woman and a young girl, who live off metal scraps they collect and sell.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 101 minutes. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Key
A man searches for his lost key.
(PG) Saudi Arabia. Runtime 101. Short fiction. 5.30pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

The Line of Freedom
Based on a true story, this short is about the abduction and survival of Nasir Baloch. In 2011, Pakistan’s security forces abducted him and after days of interrogation, he was shot and dumped in the desert. Yet he survived.
(18+) UAE/UK. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Wild Fish
Sarah is an ambitious girl, but abandons her dreams because of her brother. As she gets drawn deeper into his world, she is asked to carry out a suicide bombing. The plan is stopped at the last minute to save the life of a homeless child.
(PG) Iraq. Runtime 93 minutes. Short fiction. 2pm, Grand Cinemas 6.

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city

The 17-piece NSO big band will be performing all his biggest hits

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