Arty flicks launches

First UAE arthouse cinema opens in Dubai Mall

The UAE's first arthouse cinema opened on Monday at the Dubai Mall representing a "new wave of cinema in the UAE".

The Picturehouse, located in Reel Cinemas, will show only small, independent films.

It opened with the indie love story ‘Paper Heart', a story about Charlyne Yi who embarks on a journey across America to make a documentary about love.

Four other films have been lined up for showing until January - the political satire ‘In The Loop'; a soul-searching comedy ‘Cold Souls'; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats by the Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi; and ‘The Shock Doctrine' an investigation  of disaster capitalism.

"The Picturehouse represents a new wave in cinema in the UAE. For serious movie lovers, it will bring a wide array of exciting classics, arthouse and independent films, which will spark debates amongst our patrons," said Gordon Kirk, general manager, Reel Cinemas.

"The Picturehouse will also screen critically acclaimed films and movies from the Arab World, thus offering the first of its kind platform to promote local talent."

The Picturehouse was Singapore's first arthouse cinema. It opened in 1990 and has played an important role in the city's cinematic history, explained Suhaimi Rafdi, Cathay Organisation CEO.

"When we were developing the Reel Cinemas brand, there was no doubt that we would introduce The Picturehouse as one of its key unique features in Dubai and we hope it will play an important role in the development of UAE cinemas," he said.

The Picturehouse seats about 100 people and has its own lounge area.

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