DOHA — The second Doha Tribeca Film Festival opened Tuesday with the Middle Eastern premiere of French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s Algerian independence epic “Outside the Law.”
An excited crowd of thousands watched the director walk the red carpet at the majestic Katara Opera House alongside jury member Salma Hayek, Arab actress and jury head Yosra, Egyptian comic superstar Adel Imam, actor Andrew McCarthy and New York director and artist Julian Schnabel, whose film “Miral” is screening later this week.
“I am honored to present ‘Outside the Law’ as the opening night film at this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival,” Bouchareb said. ” ‘Outside the Law’ is not just about the Algerian struggle for independence, it also explores how an individual’s culture is integral to their sense of identity and belonging in the world, a universal theme which I am sure DTFF audiences will connect with.”
The film was simultaneously screened at the Katara Cinema and Open Air Theater, newly constructed for the fest in the Katara cultural village.
At the after-party at the Pearl, Doha’s island city, Schnabel celebrated his birthday with girlfriend Rula Jebreal.
Kevin Spacey will be at the fest for a private screening of his “Casino Jack” on Wednesday.
The fest, which wraps Saturday, is also screening John Curran’s “Stone,” Ahmed Ahmed’s “Just like Us,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat” and Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” which is the closing night film.
Indian films will also have a strong presence including Ram Gopal Varma’s “Rakta charitra,” Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Udaan” and Franz Osten’s 1929 black and white classic “A Throw of Dice.”