February 23, Friday

Ponyo (2008)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan | G | Adventure, Animation, Fantasy | Japanese | 101 min
Venue: Beach Canteen, Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall
Time: Feb 23, 6:30pm, Feb 24, 6:30pm

Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish — she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke’s doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again. 

Two Lottery Tickets (Doua Lozuri) (2016)

Directed by Paul Negoescu
Romania | PG | Comedy | Romanian | 86 min
Venue: The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Time: Feb 23, 7:00pm

Dinel, Sile and Pompiliu, three men from a provincial town, win the big lottery prize, but very soon the lottery ticket gets lost, so the three characters start a journey to recover it.

Chef (2014)

Directed by Jon Favreau
USA | PG-13 | Comedy, Drama | English | 115 min
Venue: Beach Canteen, Jumeirah Beach behind Sunset Mall
Time: Feb 23, 9:00pm, Feb 24, 9:00pm

Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl’s ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy’s tech savvy and Martin’s enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way.