On the Doha docket

Tribeca event adds Arab pic competish

French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s Cannes competition player “Outside the Law” will open the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival at a gala in Doha on Oct. 26.

The Doha Film Institute announced the lineups for the new Arab film competition, World Panoroma, special screenings and Arab shorts on Sunday.

Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” which was a runner-up for the People’s Prize at Toronto, will close the fest on Oct. 30.

The 10-pic Arab competitions includes four world preems: “Grandma, a Thousand Times” by Mahmoud Kaabour, “Hawi” by Ibrahim El Batout, “Man Without a Cellphone” by Sameh Zoabi and “The Mountain” by Ghassan Salhab.

International highlights include Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe,” Aktan Abdykalykov’s “The Light Thief,” Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s docu “The Two Escobars,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat,” Jasmila Zbanic’s “On the Path” and Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed’s debut docu “Just Like Us.”

The DTFF is the culmination and celebration of the Doha Film Institute’s year-round programs to support and promote Arab filmmaking and will include panel discussions as well as other supporting events.

The 2010 programming team is led by executive director Amanda Palmer and includes Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti, Lebanese programmer Hania Mroue, as well as Tribeca Enterprises execs Geoffrey Gilmore, David Kwok and Genna Terranova, who had to choose just under 50 films from over 300 entries.

Palmer said, “The lineup really shows the DFI’s commitment to help drive regional talent in cinema and offer Arab filmmakers a platform to showcase their creativity. It was crucial that we expanded this year to include an Arab competition to stimulate the growth of filmmaking in the region and create inspiration and enthusiasm in new storytelling from the Arab World.”

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