Top 10 Doha Tribeca Film Festival Movies

The Middle East’s film festivities have moved from Abu Dhabi to Doha and here’s our pick of the flicks to watch at DTFF
Monday , 24 October 2011
Top 10 Doha Tribeca Film Festival Movies
Black Gold - set to this decade's biggest film of the Arab world

1. Black Gold
Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Liya Kebede, Akin Gazi, Jan Uddin 

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Synopsis: Black Gold is set to be one the biggest films ever made in the Arab world. It is the opening night film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and Antonio Banderas and cast are flying in to celebrate the Middle East premiere.

The historic epic tells the story of two rival Emirs (Banderas and Strong) in the Arabian Peninsula of the 1930s and their battle over oil. If you recognise the story line, that’s because it is an adaptation of Hans Ruesch's classic novel, The Great Thirst. You may also recognise the backdrop, especially if you’re visiting Qatar for the DTFF – the film was shot in Qatar and Tunisia.


2. The Help
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Tate Taylor
Synopsis: We adore Emma Stone and predict a sell-out to see this corker. Set in 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl, Skeeter (Stone), returns from college determined to become a writer. Her controversial decision to interview the black women who have spent their lives waiting on her privileged society friends turns her world upside down.  Existing friendships flounder, while new ones flourish amid the changing times in a story that explores oppression and politics. Stone is simply brilliant.


3. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn in 3D
Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook
Director: Steven Spielberg
Tintin (Bell) is a young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and into the path of the nefarious Red Rackham (Craig). Based on the series of books the Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”, “Defiance”) as Tintin, the young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace”, “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Based on the series of books the Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.


4. The Lady
Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Ragett, Jonathan Woodhouse
Director: Luc Besson
Synopsis: The true story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman at the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and her husband, Michael Aris. An epic love story about how an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human cost for a higher cause, “The Lady” is a story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues even today.


5. Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Shammi Kapoor
Directors: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Jeff Zimbalist
Synopsis: A film celebrating the spectacular world of Hindi cinema, featuring archival clips and interviews with Indian superstars including Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It is a tribute to a genre that established Mumbai as an international filmmaking hub and has significantly shaped the global perception of one of the largest and youngest democracies in the world.


6. Cat in Boots in 3D (Puss in Boots in 3D)
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris
Director: Chris Miller
Synopsis: Long before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!


7. The Hunter
Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O’Connor
Director: Daniel Nettheim
Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, “The Hunter” is a powerful psychological drama that tells the story of Martin (Dafoe), a mercenary sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company into Australia’s Tasmanian wilderness. His mission – to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian tiger.


8. Sarah Palin - You Betcha!
Starring: n/a
Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Synopsis: Nick Broomfield’s quest for the real Sarah Palin involves battling the icy snows of Alaska in mid-winter as he interviews the friends, family, and Republican colleagues who gave their heart, soul and belief, to the charismatic ex-hockey mum-turned-American politician. But it’s not all clear sailing. People are frightened to talk in the devout evangelical community of Wasilla, which is strangely also the crystal meth capital of Alaska.


9. The Woman in the Fifth
Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi, Mamadou Minté, Jean-Louis Cassarino
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Synopsis: American writer Tom Ricks (Hawke) comes to Paris, desperate to put his life back together and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. Things don’t go according to plan and when he gets involved with a beautiful and mysterious widow (Thomas), an obscure force seems to take control of his life.

Watch the trailer here

10. Boxing With Her (Banet El Boxe)
Amal Touati, Rim Jouini, Houda Rahali, Marwa Rahali, Imed Zayani, Hamadi Chergui, Yosra Ouled Taleb
Directors: Latifa Robbana Doghri, Salem Trabelsi
Synopsis: This revealing documentary explores the world of female boxing in Tunisia, a society where the body of a woman is considered a sacred place for procreation. Through interviews with women boxers, the film asks why a female body in the pugilistic arena is so confronting, even taboo, in Arab society.

Watch the trailer here.

INFO: Tickets for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival are on sale now. Tickets cost QAR30/QAR20 with student discount for regular screenings; QAR 50/QAR35 with student discount for premium screening. To buy tickets log on to or visit DFI City Center Lounge at City Center Mall, DFI Villaggio Lounge (opposite Virgin Megastore) in Villagio Mall, or the main ticket office in Building 26, Katara Cultural Village.

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