Luc Besson’s “The Lady” will close the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which announced its competition line up.
“The Lady,” toplining Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis, is a bio-pic depicting the love story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and writer-academic Michael Aris. Pic preemed at Toronto this month.
Films in competition in the contemporary world cinema program include Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” Michel Hazanavicius’ black and white silent pic “The Artist,” Yasemin Samdereli’s directorial feature debut “Almanya,” Takashi Shimizu’s Japanese 3D horror-comedy “Tormented,” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “The Woman in the Fifth.”
Several titles are also entered in the foreign language film Oscar race including Belgium’s “Bullhead” by Michael R. Roskam, Gaul’s “Declaration of War” by Valerie Donzelli and “Where Do We Go Now” from Lebanese helmer Nadine Labaki.
Pics compete for audience choice awards for best narrative film or documentary. Winners will receive $100,000.
“Every festival aims to discover new talent and connect audiences with something they’ve never seen before,” said Doha Film Institute exec director Amanda Palmer. “Nearly every film in this program is a MENA premiere. Our programmers have travelled the globe to curate a selection designed specifically for our local community, and international visitors, bringing unique perspectives on the world.”
Fest opens Oct. 25 with the world preem of the previously announced “Black Gold,” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaudand co-produced by Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications and the Doha Film Institute. It closes Oct. 29.