Wed Dec 03,2008

Line-up Includes Palestinian Hip Hop, 1950’s Soul, and a Senior’s Choir that Will Charm You Speechless

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)  today announced the 2008 lineup for its second annual Rhythm and Reels initiative,  which celebrates the mutually enriching relationship between film and music. Each evening offers a musical film, and two evenings will also feature a not-to-miss performance.

DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla al Ali said:  “Last year’s Rhythm n Reels saw hundreds of audience members watching great musical films each evening, clapping to the beat, and dancing along to some amazing performances from Gloria Estefan and Bnet Marrakech. We added two extra days so that Dubai would be able to fully indulge in musical cinema that joins the best of both worlds.”

On December 12, feature debut Slingshot Hip Hop from American-Palestinian filmmaker Jackie Salloum braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty.  The film covers a number of acts coming out of the West Bank and Gaza,  combining performance footage with interviews with the musicians and their fans. Superb performances by DAM and Abeer, both from Lyd, and Gaza-based PR (Palestinian Rapperz) follow.

December 13 takes a dark turn as DIFF presents Nosferatu,  the seminal German Expressionist film that influenced the Film Noir movement.  Eerie characters, sinister skewed scenery and flickering silent horror underscore the classic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Orlok who lives in a castle high in the mountains. Audiences at Rhythm n Reels will be doubly frightened when they hear the soundtrack: Nosferatu will be accompanied by a simultaneous atmospheric sound track performance from Italian ‘Rock Noir’ band Belladonna.

On December 14, Rhythm n Reels changes pace, with a charming documentary about a group of seniors from Massachusetts who adapt rock songs for ensemble performance. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stephen Walker, Young@Heart will have audiences singing along to hits by Johnny Cash, The Clash, Coldplay and the Ramones while they follow the sprightly pensioners in their rehearsals for a European tour.

Cadillac Records kicks Rhythm n Reels into high gear with a trip down memory lane to 1950’s Chicago, where the iconic record label Chess grew into a multimillion dollar company. With a cast including Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Mos Def as Chuck Berry and Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Cadillac Records evokes the raw, gritty atmosphere of 1950s Chicago, along with a blistering blues and soul soundtrack that will have you dancing in your seat.

December 17 takes Rhythm n Reels to the IMAX cinema at Ibn Battuta for U2 3D, the ultimate concert experience—a state-of-the art, surround-sound,  3-D film that recreates all the passion and excitement of a U2 concert, with breathtaking visuals. The band tear through the South America leg of their 2006 ‘Vertigo’ tour, bringing the U2 experience to Dubai in a thrilling new way.

Tickets for Rhythm n Reels are AED 80, or AED 50 for the film alone (with the exception of U2 3D, which is AED 80).

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