April 01, Saturday

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014)

Directed by Isao Takahata
Japan | G | Animation, Family | Japanese | 137 min
Venue: Dubai Design District
Time: Apr 1, 6:30pm

In this Oscar-nominated feature film by Studio Ghibli, an old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.

Dheepan (2015)

Directed by Jacques Audiard
France, Sri Lanka | PG-13 | Drama | English, French, Tamil | 105 min
Program: Work in Progress
Venue: The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, The Yard & A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
Time: Feb 24, 7:00pm, Apr 1, 7:00pm

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life-only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.