The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world with a mission to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmaking, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and 'doing' instead of 'talking'.
The Goethe-Institut in Dubai brings us the second Berlin-Dubai Festival week. Last year's festival addressed multiculturalism and identity through a film screening, book reading and panel discussions. This year's edition will focus on the fashion and the creative industry in Berlin and Dubai and will present the rich diversity and uniqueness of the developments in both cities.
Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, A Thousand Times) by Mahmoud Kaabour is finally being screened in our cinemas this week till 9th November.
Although I have yet to see Teta, Al Marra myself, I've featured it on the blog a couple of times already - so now is my chance to watch it
Michael Love Rexen is the lead singer from the Danish indie folk band A Key Is A Key. I saw this band play at The Fridge last January and it was one of my favourite concerts I've been to in Dubai. So I'm glad to hear Michael Love Rexen is back in Dubai and will be performing with a sextet of Dubai based musicians, playing a selection of unreleased songs and personal favorites.
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni by Rania Stephan is an homage to one of Egypt's iconic cinema stars. Soad Hosni appeared in more than 80 movies between 1959 and 1991. She died in 2001 in London after falling off the building she was living in. Her death was ruled as a suicide, although many believe there were mysterious circumstances that led to her death.
The 2011 edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival is on next week from 13th-22nd October. I'm looking forward to going back to Abu Dhabi again to watch as many movies as I can. Majority of the screenings will take place at VOX Cinemas at Marina Mall, but I'm very glad there will be some screenings at the charming Abu Dhabi Theatre, my favourite venue from last year.