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Dfm talks distribution challenges

14 December 2014 1:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Dubai Film Market (Dfm) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

The film is set to receive a groundbreaking theatrical release across nine Middle Eastern territories on some 60 screens at the beginning of January.

By Us, European or Chinese standards, 60 screens may not seem a big deal but in a region where the widest releases – even for high-profile Hollywood titles – are on 120 screens, distributor Empire International’s plans for From A To B are ambitious. 

Arab films, bar a few Egyptian star vehicles, rarely travel beyond their territories of origin in the region, or further afield in Europe and the Us, and often even have a hard time finding distribution at home.

This issue was at the heart of the Dfm talk on Friday entitled “What are the challenges of distributing Arab Films?” The panel looked »

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Dfm discusses distribution challenges

14 December 2014 1:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Dubai Film Market (Dfm) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

The film is set to receive a groundbreaking theatrical release across nine Middle Eastern territories on some 60 screens at the beginning of January.

By Us, European or Chinese standards, 60 screens may not seem a big deal but in a region where the widest releases – even for high-profile Hollywood titles – are on 120 screens, distributor Empire International’s plans for From A To B are ambitious. 

Arab films, bar a few Egyptian star vehicles, rarely travel beyond their territories of origin in the region, or further afield in Europe and the Us, and often even have a hard time finding distribution at home.

This issue was at the heart of the Dfm talk on Friday entitled “What are the challenges of distributing Arab Films?” The panel looked »

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Dfm discusses distribution challenge

14 December 2014 1:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Dubai Film Market (Dfm) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

The film is set to receive a groundbreaking theatrical release across nine Middle Eastern territories on some 60 screens at the beginning of January.

By Us, European or Chinese standards, 60 screens may not seem a big deal but in a region where the widest releases – even for high-profile Hollywood titles – are on 120 screens, distributor Empire International’s plans for From A To B are ambitious. 

Arab films, bar a few Egyptian star vehicles, rarely travel beyond their territories of origin in the region, or further afield in Europe and the Us, and often even have a hard time finding distribution at home.

This issue was at the heart of the Dfm talk on Friday entitled “What are the challenges of distributing Arab Films?” The panel looked »

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Film Review: ‘From A to B’

5 November 2014 7:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The formulaic qualities of the road movie are on display in “From A to B,” a sporadically amusing buddy pic that hits all the expected buttons. In his sophomore feature, helmer Ali F. Mostafa (“City of Life”) appears to be searching for a signature style, resulting in a visually uninteresting, narratively choppy film that would work better as a Web series, where various episodes could stand alone rather than be forced to sustain an entire movie. The plot, about three friends living in Abu Dhabi driving to Beirut, certainly has potential, and local play is likely to be strong, yet beyond A and B lies the empty quarter.

People familiar with the UAE’s privileged international lifestyle, heavily influenced by American consumerism and pop culture, will see much they recognize. P.E. instructor Omar (Fadi Rifaai) is in crisis: His wife, Arwa (Yosra El Lozy), is heavily pregnant, and he »

- Jay Weissberg

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Abu Dhabi: Empire Will Release ‘From A to B’ in the Middle East

24 October 2014 6:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pan-Arab film distributor Empire Intl. will release Abu Dhabi fest opener “From A to B,” by Ali Mostafa, in the Middle East, starting on Jan. 1.

Empire has a close rapport with “A to B” co-financer Image Nation, having successfully released Image Nation-produced chiller “Djinn,” by Tobe Hooper, in 2013.

The Lebanese company sub-distributes for both Sony and Twentieth Century Fox across the Arab world.

Young Emirati director Mostafa has broken new ground with “From A to B,” a pan-Arab road movie in which three Western-educated youths from different Arab countries travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut, amid the region’s turbulence, in memory of their deceased best friend.

Mostafa spoke to Variety‘s Nick Vivarelli about the challenges of getting the tone right.

Q: You’ve taken a typical Hollywood genre, the road movie, and transposed it to an Arab setting. Was that difficult?

A: I love road films. I always wanted to make one. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Abu Dhabi Becomes Textbook Case on How to Build Showbiz From Scratch

16 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abu Dhabi — which recently lured shoots of the new “Fast & Furious” and “Star Wars” installments and Bollywood’s “Bang Bang,” while also spawning road movie “From A to B” — the first Emirati pic ever to open the Abu Dhabi Film Festival — is fast becoming a textbook case in how to build a film and TV industry from scratch.

In less than a decade, a concerted effort has fostered what Abu Dhabi fest topper Ali Al Jabri calls the “Abu Dhabi system,” in which separate but synergic government-backed entities are laying the foundations of a nascent film and TV industry, now starting to gain traction. In this process, a key socio-economic function is being fulfilled, as the young nation strives to reduce its reliance on oil and fortify its future economy and self-identity.

One building block is Twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media zone, which now hosts more than 300 media companies, including CNN, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Complete lineup of Mumbai Film Festival 2014

17 September 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival announced its line-up in a press conference today.

Here is the complete list of films which will be screened at the festival:-

International Competition

Difret

Dir.: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia / 2014 / Col / 99)

History of Fear (Historia del miedo)

Dir.: Benjamin Naishtat (Argentina-France-Germany-Qatar-Uruguay / 2014 / Col / 79)

With Others (Ba Digaran)

Dir.: Nasser Zamiri (Iran / 2014 / Col / 85)

The Tree (Drevo)

Dir.: Sonja Prosenc (Slovenia / 2014 / Col / 90)

Next to Her (At li layla)

Dir.: Asaf Korman (Israel / 2014 / Col / 90)

Schimbare

Dir.: Alex Sampayo (Spain / 2014 / Col / 87)

Fever

Dir.: Raphaël Neal (France / 2014 / Col / 81)

Court

Dir.: Chaitanya Tamhane (India (Marathi-Gujarati-English-Hindi) / 2014 / Col / 116)

Macondo

Dir.: Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria / 2014 / Col / 98)

 

India Gold Competition 2014

The Fort (Killa)

Dir.: Avinash Arun (India (Marathi) / 2014 / Col / 107)

Unto the Dusk

Dir.: Sajin Baabu (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 118)

Names Unknown (Perariyathavar)

Dir.: Dr. Biju (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 110)

Buddha In a Traffic Jam

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- NewsDesk

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Abu Dhabi Fest To Open With ‘A to B’, ‘Big Hero 6′ Will Close

15 September 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival will kick off its upcoming eighth edition with Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa’s hotly anticipated pan-Arab road movie “From A to B” and close with the Middle East launch of Disney’s “Big Hero 6” (pictured).

“A to B,” which is about three Western-edicated youths who travel from Abu Dhabi to Beirut to mourn a deceased friend, marks the first time the fest opens with a pic by an Emirati helmer. Pic is co-produced by two government-backed entities, twofour54, the media hub behind the fest, and production and distribution outfit Imagenation.

“We are delighted to feature a locally produced film as opening title of this year’s festival,” enthused Adff director Ali Al Jabri in a statement.

“The sucess of high-calibre Arab filmmakers like Ali Mostafa is a testament to the vibracy of filmmaking in the region,” he added.

“A to B” follows Mostafa »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Big Hero 6 to close Abu Dhabi

15 September 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premiere of From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa first Emirati film to open festival.

The 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) (Oct 23-Nov 1), is to open for the first time with a locally produced film - From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

The closing film of the festival has been confirmed as Disney’s animation Big Hero 6.

From A to B marks Mostafa’s second full length feature film after City of Life (2009) and follows three Western-educated Arab youths who travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their deceased best friend, who passed away five years earlier.

Adff director Ali Al Jabri said: “We are delighted to feature a locally produced film as opening title of this year’s festival. The success of high-calibre Arab filmmakers like Ali Mostafa is a testament to the vibrancy of filmmaking in the region.

“This »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Abu Dhabi reps court Hollywood

12 June 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leading lights in Abu Dhabi’s nascent film sector have told Hollywood executives they are ramping up efforts to create a Middle East media and content hub as the region invests in sustainable alternatives to an oil-based economy.

CEO Noura Al Kaabi (pictured) of twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, and Image Nation chairman Mohamed Al Mubarak were speaking at a panel on Wednesday (11) as part of a promotional trip to Los Angeles.

“We want to reach a level where we’re the hub of creative content in the region,” said Al Kaabi, whose organisation operates on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

In recent years twofour54 and/or the Commission have enticed a number of high-profile productions with Abu Dhabi’s fresh 30% production incentive.

These include Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode VII, which remained »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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