10 days and 10 films to watch: Abu Dhabi Film festival
As The Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off today, Kipp brings you a reminder of the top 10 flicks to watch over the next 10 days.
October 11, 2012 2:20 by Eva Fernandes
Director: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Pakistan, USA English, Urdu
2012 52 min.
This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the plight of Pakistani women who suffer disfiguring acid attacks by their husbands and families, and Dr. Mohammad Jawad, the selfless plastic surgeon who works to help them.
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
2012 106 min.
Nicholas Jarecki’s feature-film debut is a taut, morally thorny thriller with a timely edge. Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is a Wall Street supremo, desperate to offload his empire before his massive financial losses are uncovered – by his daughter and heir (Brit Marling), by his wife (Susan Sarandon) and by his business associates.
After the Battle
Director: Yousry Nasrallah
France, Egypt, United Arab Emirates Arabic
2012 116 min.
The latest film from veteran Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah's (Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story) is hewn from the headlines. It follows an impoverished horseman whose political awakening begins after he’s coerced into attacking protesters in Tahrir Square.
A Respectable Family
Director: Massoud Bakhshi
France, Iran Farsi
2012 90 min.
Documentarian Massoud Bakhshi’s first feature, about an expat professor returning to Shiraz, is a modern Cain-and-Abel story and a caustic portrayal of corruption in post-revolutionary Iran.
Director: Beth Murphy
2012 82 min.
This compelling and inspiring documentary follows Kirk Johnson, an American foreign-aid worker who compiles a list of thousands of Iraqis being persecuted at home and fights to get them refuge
Director: Pablo Larraín
Chile, USA Spanish
2012 108 min.
Top prize winner at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, Pablo Larraín’s third film about Pinochet-era Chile stars Gael García Bernal as the visionary adman whose bold marketing campaign helped bring the regime to an end.View More
Approved for Adoption
Director: Jung Henin, Laurent Boileau
Belgium, France French
2012 75 min.
Graphic novelist Jung is one of 200,000 adopted Koreans spread across the world. This mix of animated documentary and live footage, hailed as a Korean Persepolis, follows his journey to his birthplace to discover
Director: Mike Newell
United Kingdom English
2012 128 min.
Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter lead a star-studded cast in Mike Newell’s highly anticipated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic about a poor orphan who becomes a gentleman.
Riding the Rainbow
Director: Abas Abares
United Arab Emirates English
2012 28 min.
Aspiration and achievements of physically challenged but talented children.
The World Before Her
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Canada English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi
2012 90 min.
Toronto-bred filmmaker Nisha Pahuja provides provocative insight into Indian women’s lives with her award-winning documentary, juxtaposing the Miss India pageant with the women’s arm of the Hindu fundamentalist movement.
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