DFI to screen 6 award-winning musical films at MIA

 17 Sep 2019 – 8:52

A still from Damien Chazelle’s award-winning film ‘La La Land’ (2016), which is scheduled for screening on September 19, 7pm, at MIA Auditorium.

Doha: Fans of musical films are in for a treat as Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced it will screen six award-winning musical films and two shorts from September 18 to 23 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Auditorium.

The film series, which revolves around the theme of ‘Rhythm and Flow,’  pays tribute to the evolving face of musical cinema with its bold interplay of music, dance and narrative. The films come from around the world and illustrate the lasting impact of musical film as a collaborative art form that interlaces dance and narrative, with the power of musical composition to deliver a unique viewer experience beyond the confines of language and culture. 

Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “Since the advent of sound pictures, musical film has developed as a stand-alone genre within the film industry ranging from musical adaptations to feature-films and modern classics. The unique combination of movement and music define the film-goers’ experience and leave audiences with a deeper emotive connection to the characters. 

We look forward to introducing audiences to classic and contemporary filmmaking talent that has contributed to a renaissance of musical film over decades. Their artistic vision allows us to reimagine on-screen storytelling through elaborate choreographies and captivating musical scores.”

The showcase will kick off on September 18 at 7pm with Summer Interlude (1951), a poignant depiction of isolation and the inescapability of the past by Swedish director, writer, and producer Ingmar Bergman. It will be preceded by the Scandinavian short-film Birds in the Earth (2018), a ballet-based commentary on the Sámi people´s territorial rights. 

Damien Chazelle’s award-winning global favourite La La Land (2016), which is a contemporary take on classical Hollywood romance, will be screened at 7pm on September 19. 

A screening of Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark (2000), whose soundtrack was written by Björk, an Icelandic musician who also stars in the film as an immigrant factory worker and single-mother, will follow at 7pm on September 20. 

Sidney Lumet’s fantastical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz (1978), featuring some of the greatest musicians of its time including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, will be screened at 7pm on September 21.  Screening at 7pm on September 22, The Red Shoes (1948) will whisk viewers into a timeless story of torn passions when a young performer must choose between the man she loves and a budding career as a prima ballerina. The screening will be preceded by Ballet After Dark (2019), a short documentary that tells the story of a woman who used dance therapy to overcome domestic abuse and establish an organization dedicated to helping other trauma survivors. 

Closing the showcase, Lil’ Buck: Real Swan (2019), a documentary which follows Memphis-born Charles “Lil Buck” Riley’s rise to prominence as one of the most admired street dancers of his generation, will screen at 7pm on September 23. 

Tickets are priced QR35. Students and Qatar Museums Culture Pass members can enjoy discounted rates of QR25 per person. Tickets are available at DFI ticket outlet opposite MIA auditorium and at DFI website.

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