This year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival looks set to be a diverse celebration of world cinema. The festival will feature Japanese 3D Horror, a Turkish/ German cross cultural comedy and a Nordic crime thrillers when it kicks off on October 24th.
With a sumptuous selection of thrillers, comedies, romance, horrors and documentaries from a number of both new and well-established directors, the festival promises to showcase some of the year’s most soon-to-be talked about cinematic delights.
One film which is already causing a stir is Luc Besson’s The Lady starring David Thewlis, Michelle Yeoh and William Hope, which depicts the real life love story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s marriage to Oxford academic Michael Aris.
The film has already earned praise from both critics and audiences at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, and as such has been given the honor of being the closing film of the five day festival.
Besson commented “I am pleased and honored that The Lady has been selected to close DTFF, and that our premiere in the Middle East will take place in Qatar. I was deeply inspired and touched by Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal story and her ongoing fight for democracy, and hope that through this film her cause and voice will be better known and shared with audiences around the world.”
The Lady will compete alongside many others, including Takashi Shimizu’s unique Japanese 3D horror-comedy Tormented, Norways Morten Tyldum’s crime thriller Headhunters and Yasemin Şamdereli’s cross-cultural comedy Almanya – Welcome To Germany, for one of two Audience Choice Awards for Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film, the winners of both will receive cash prizes of US $100,000 each.
Doha Tribeca Film Festival website.