Film Screenings - Abu Dhabi Film Festival at The Space in May

The third edition of Abu Dhabi Film Festival at The Space for the month of May will have a Cannes Film Festival feel to it with the theme of the "Palme d'Or". 

The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to May 25 bringing audiences discoveries from around the world. Join us this month to explore some of the past winners and nominees of Cannes' most prestigious prize, the Palm d'Or (The Golden Palm) along with a special screening featuring actress Grace Kelly and ravishing French Riviera locations in color. 

Here's the line up for May. Each film will be preceded with a short film from the UAE. All screenings are free, but you must RSVP in advance. Screening starts at 7pm at The Space in Abu Dhabi

Monday, 5th May 2014

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul 

Fantasy/Drama | PG13 | 113 minutes | Thai with English Subtitles  

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a unique tale of a man embracing life's greatest mystery.

Choosing to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside, Boonmee is visited by his dead wife (a ghost) and his lost son (a strange, hairy beast with red glowing eyes) who come to guide him to his final resting place, a cave where his first soul began.

With a wry sense of humor and a humanist spirit the film is a magical tale of reincarnation, karma and nature. 

This film will be preceded by Hamad directed by Eisa Al Sabousi (7 minutes). 

Monday, 5th May 2014

To Catch A Thief by Alfred Hitchcock 

Mystery/Romance | G | 107 minutes | English

The French Riveria, two luminous stars (Grace Kelly, Cary Grant) and the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock behind the camera. It all adds up to one romantic, dazzling screen thriller.

Grant plays John Robie, a retired jewel thief once known as "The Cat," who catches the eye of Frances Stevens (Kelly), a pampered vacationing heiress. But when a new rash of gem thefts occurs amongst the luxury hotels of the spectacular French playground, it appears as if "The Cat" is on the prowl once again. Romantic sparks fly as the suspense builds in this glittering Hitchcock classic.

This film will be preceded by What Goes Around Comes Around, directed by Khalid Alabdulla (10 minutes). 

Monday, 19th May 2014

The Time That Remains by Elia Suleiman 

Drama/Comedy | 109 minutes | Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles 

A beautiful, unique, and deeply personal depiction of Palestine since 1948 from the internationally acclaimed director Elia Suleiman. "The Time That Remains is a semi-autobiographical film, in four episodes, about a family, my family, from 1948 until recent times.

The film is inspired by my father’s private diaries, starting from when he was a resistance fighter in 1948, and by my mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country." Suleiman portrays the daily life of those Palestinians who remained and were labelled "Israeli-Arabs", living as a minority in their own homeland.

This fillm will be preceded by Something Called Fear directed by Fatima Al Dhaheri (7 minutes). 

Monday, 26th May 2014

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy

Musical/Romance | G | 100 minutes | French with English subtitles 

Described as ‘a film in song’, this visually intoxicating romantic musical takes place in the French seaside town of Cherbourg. Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year old Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop.

On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel).

This film will be preceded by Training Wheels directed by Shahbaaz Ali Khan (7 minutes). 

RSVP here.