Curated by Emirati artist Hind Mezaina.
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At Eternity’s Gate
3 July | 6pm
Director: Julian Schnabel
2018 | 110 min | Drama | PG-15 | English
A journey inside the world and mind of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, played by Willem Dafoe, as he developed his unique and colourful style of painting.
Based on Van Gogh’s letters, facts known about his life and a little imagination, the film follows the painter during his self-imposed exile in France as he overcame scepticism, ridicule and illness to create some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art.
This screening is inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Dance Hall in Arles” (1887) found in Gallery 19.
10 July | 6pm
Director: Martin Scorsese
2011 | 121 min | Adventure | PG-13 | English
Set in 1920, Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo, an orphan who lives in Paris in the hidden nooks of a train station.
With the help of his friend, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), Hugo sets out to solve a mystery left behind by his late father (Jude Law): a curious puzzle involving a heart-shaped key, a cranky toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and a broken automaton.
Along the way, the tangled lives of the staff and passengers at the station provide numerous colourful detours, and Scorsese pays homage to early pioneers of cinema including the Lumiere brothers and Georges Méliès.
This screening is inspired by George Méliès’ ‘A Trip to the Moon’ (1902) found in Wing 4, Passage 15. It is considered to be the world’s first science-fiction film and pays tribute to Méliès’, one of the most influential film makers in the cinematic history and founder of common film techniques still used today.
17 July | 6pm
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
2019 | 93 min | Documentary | PG-15 | English
Follow the journey of the first men on the moon, through recently discovered footage and uncatalogued audio recordings that take you straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.
A cinematic event 50 years in the making, the film puts the audience in the shoes of Neil Armstrong, pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and the team in Mission Control as we vividly experience the momentous days before a small step for a man, and a giant leap for mankind.
This screening is inspired by Muhamad ibn Ahmad Al-Buttuti’s ‘Astrolabe’ found in Gallery 12. The Astrolabe is a navigational tool that represents the celestial sphere in a flat projection. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 through a documentary that highlights the importance of such tools that have led Human’s to outer space.
24 July | 6pm
Director: Youssef Chahine
1969 | 130 min | Drama | PG-15 | Arabic with English subtitles
‘The Land’ by the iconic Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926 – 2008) details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood from feudal control.
This newly restored version of the film courtesy of Misr International Films is part of many screenings worldwide marking the 10th anniversary of Chahine’s death.
‘The Land’ is considered to be a masterpiece and was voted 4th in Dubai International Film Festival’s 2013 poll of the greatest Arab movies.
This screening is inspired by ‘Tablet inscribed with pictograms’ found in Gallery 2.
The first Mesopotamian tablets were tools used for bookkeeping that served to record the movements of goods such as cereals, fabrics and livestock. This film screening highlights the evolution and establishment of the hierarchy system at work similar to what such tablets led to.
31 July | 6pm
Director: Martin Scorsese
1997 | 134 min | Drama | PG-15 | English
In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognised as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people.
Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama.
Told through the eyes of His Holiness, ‘Kundun’ details his early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.
This screening is inspired by ‘Head of Buddha’ found in Gallery 8.