Sat Apr 06,2013

Dubai, April 6th, 2012: April’s Film Buzz is not for the faint hearted! This month’s triple bill of films are an irresistible chronicle of modern day crime that takes us on a rollercoaster ride of dreams, courage, passion, sweat, tears, blood, and illegal activity in the gangster underworld of Italy, France and Brazil. The nightly screenings run from Monday, 22nd through to Wednesday, 24th April at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai.

The line-up begins on Monday, 22nd April taking us to the streets of the world’s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro in City of God. Directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, the Oscar nominated electrifying masterpiece has clocked up over 50 wins at festivals around the world and remains a favourite with critics and film fans.

The movie tells the story of this slum in the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with an artistic eye. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out.

Our next film on Tuesday, 23rd has been hailed as – “The best gangster ever made” by the Boston Herald. Martin Scorsese presents Gomorrah from filmmaker Matteo Garrone who won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and an Oscar nomination for his chilling and unromantic exposé of the Camorra and its deadly hold on Neapolitan society.

Gomorrah presents us with an inside look at Italy’s modern-day crime families - Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the “System,” the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality.

Concluding April’s Film Buzz is one of the most stylish films of all time and a landmark in French cinema - La Haine written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with his gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France.

Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Kounde), and Said (Said Taghmaoui) – a Jew, an African, and an Arab give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowing simmering until it reaches a climatic boiling point.

Entry is free and operates on a first come, first served basis. The Pavilion can only accommodate 60 people per screening, so film buffs are urged to arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

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