Vogel’s shorts, Bulgarian selection and Oscar winning ‘Logorama’ take centrestage at GFF today



The third edition of the Gulf Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, is screening a diverse selection of movies from around the world today (Friday, April 9).

Among the must-watch movies of the day is Logorama, which won the Oscar Award for Best Animated Short Film this year. Directed by Francois Alaux, Herve de Crecy and Ludovic Houplain, Logorama depicts events in a stylised Los Angeles and is told entirely through the use of more than 2,500 contemporary and historical logos and mascots. The film will be screened on Friday at 9:30 pm at Grand Cinema 10, and on April 10 at 6:30 pm (Grand Cinema 8) and April 12 at 12:30 pm (Grand Cinema 9).

Francois Vogel, whose films are screened in the ‘In Focus’ segment of GFF this year, will be screened today from 6:15 pm to 6:55 pm at Grand Cinema 7. Vogel’s films today include The Crabs, Kitchen, After the Rain, Three Blind Mice, Rue Francis, The Picking, Cheerful Country, A Nap Under the Coconut Trees and A Really Extraordinary Circus.

The in-competition feature today shows the Bahraini film Longing directed by Hussein Al-Hulaybi at 9:15 pm (Grand Cinema 5). The film emphasises the importance of dismissing sectarianism by recalling a number of incidents that have shaken the world – the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet war in Afghanistan – and their impact on Bahrain.

In the Intersections segment, catch up with a spectacular collection of 15 Bulgarian films to be screened from 6:15 pm to 7:40 pm at Grand Cinema 10.

There are five UAE films being screened today; catch the creative flourish of young Emirati filmmakers including Ali Al-Jabri who brings Solo (Grand Cinema 8 at 6:30 pm), in which a musician is unable to achieve his pursuit of music and people now hear the censored music of his instrument.

The other Emirati talent include Essa Al Janahi with Clothes Line; Mohammed Alsaadi with Mahfouz; and Naser Al Yaqoobi’s To Mistrust (Grand Cinema 9, 6:45 pm). The screening of A Sketch of Life in the UAE – Saif and Minako directed by Shoko Okurano will also be held today.

Gulf Film Festival is supported by Dubai Culture and is held in association with Dubai Studio City. More details on the festival are available online at www.gulffilmfest.com.


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