Abu Dhabi Film Festival | Award Winners Series | June 9 - July 1, 2011

ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai
ADFF Award Winners
Co-Curated by Butheina Hamed Kazim

Abu-Dhabi-Film-FestivalAbu Dhabi, UAE – June 8, 2011
After a successful first month of screenings, ADFF @ The Pavilion Downtown Dubai continues with its next segment featuring past ADFF award winners. The awards ceremony is one of the most anticipated moments of ADFF, but once the excitement has passed, too often, wonderful films that participated in the festival never have a chance to be shown again in the UAE. This installment of the program celebrates ADFF award winners through a selection of four outstanding films - two narratives and two documentaries - representing a myriad of countries, cultures and cinematic styles.

ADFF Award Winners Screening Schedule
• Thursday, June 9 @ 7:30 pm & Friday, June 10 @ 5:30 & 7:30 pm El Ambulante, Best New Documentary - ADFF 2010
Directed by Eduardo De La Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano & Adriana Yurcovicha
Spanish | Argentina | 2010 | 84 min

Armed with a camera, a lamp and enough charm to persuade townspeople to join his dreams, a mysterious nomadic filmmaker moves from one argentine village to another, turning out a feature film in 30 days and making a profound impression on those left in his trail.

• Thursday, June 16 @ 7:30 pm & Friday, June 17 @ 5:30 & 7:30 pm
Gesher, Best New Narrative Film - ADFF 2010
Directed by Vahid Vakilifar
Azeri, Farsi, Kurdish | Iran | 2010 | 84 min

A vivid and touching depiction of the grinding toil and camaraderie in the day-today lives of migrant laborers in the gulf region, this is the story of three men who drive a beat-up car to the coast of southern Iran to take menial, low-paying jobs at a natural gas refinery.

• Thursday, June 23 @ 7:30 pm & Friday, June 24 @ 5:30 & 7:30 pm
Pink Saris, Best Documentary - ADFF 2010
Directed by Kim Longinotto
Hindi | UK, India | 2010 | 96 min

The latest work by celebrated director Longinotto follows Sampat Pal, the volatile leader of the Gulabi Gang, a cohort of women in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh who advocate for women’s rights. The film ultimately suggests that emancipation is urgent work that requires the participation of individuals who are just foolish enough to defy the status quo.

•Thursday, June 30 @ 7:30 pm & Friday, July 1 @ 5:30 & 7:30 pm
10 To 11, Best New Middle Eastern Director - ADFF 2009
Directed by Pelin Esmer
Turkish | Turkey, France, Germany | 2009 | 110 min

The director relates the story of her uncle Mithat, focusing particularly on his passion for collecting memories from the randomness of daily details. It gets harder, however, once his deteriorating health begins to trouble him and impedes his efforts. Finally, he is forced to pass his errands on to his doorman, Ali, who resorts to a different path.

NOTE: All screenings are now Thursdays and Fridays as opposed to Fridays and Saturdays. The series runs through August 2011 with a premiere screening every Thursday and two repeat screenings every Friday. All non-English language films have English subtitles. Entrance to the screenings is free of charge but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings start promptly at the specified time so please arrive accordingly.

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