MUMBAI: UTV Motion Pictures’ Paan Singh Tomar, which is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, is all set to premiere at the 4th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
The festival will present 70 feature films from over 28 countries. 12 films will have their World Premieres, four of which were co-produced with SANAD, the Festival’s new fund that provides development and post-production support for films from the Arab world.
The Festival will open on 14 October with Secretariat, directed by Randall Wallace and starring John Malkovich and Diane Lane. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame by Tsui Hark will close out the Festival with a screening following the Black Pearl Awards ceremony on 22 October.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet said, “This has been a year of numerous exciting developments for our young festival, from our name change and rebranding to the addition of the New Horizons Competition and the launch of our fund SANAD. Our program is the culmination of all the work of our programmers, who sifted and sleuthed their way through over 2,000 submissions for this edition, twice as many as last year. The enthusiastic response to last year’s edition from the international and regional film community raised the bar on what we aimed to offer in 2010 and we’re proud to unveiling another strong program in which international cinema and films from the Arab world meet “at the same table” again. Showing films from the likes of Abbas Kiarostami, Julian Schnabel, Olivier Assayas, François Ozon and Patricio Guzmán, to name just a few, is always a pleasure. But it’s particularly gratifying to see these directors’ films alongside works from the region. And in particular, we’re very excited to be showing the first fruits of SANAD in the form several films in our competition sections. As the Festival plays an ever-greater role in helping develop and promote filmmaking from the Arab world, we look forward to seeing even more new discoveries, whether from familiar names or new talents.”
The 12 World premieres in the Festival are Here Comes the Rain by Chatta Ya Dini, (Lebanon, UAE), Taming by Nidal Al-Dibs (Syria), Homeland by George Sluizer (Netherlands), A Man’s Story by Varon Bonicos (UK), Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace by Harry Hunkele (USA), In/Out of the Room by Dakhal Kharag El Ghorfa, (Egypt), Living Skin by Fawzi Saleh (Egypt), OK, Enough, Goodbye by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia (Lebanon, UAE), Qarantina by Oday Rasheed (Iraq, Germany, UAE), Sun Dress by Saeed Salmeen (UAE), Wrecked by Michael Greenspan (Canada), Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia (India).
The Festival has three competitions for features that offer cash awards totalling $1 million. Other sections of the Festival include Showcase, an international selection of outstanding films eligible for the $30,000 Audience Award, and "What in the World Are We Doing to Our World?" films devoted to broadening awareness of significant environmental issues.