This year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival (13 October - 22 October) will be holding a tribute to two Nobel prize-winning authors, the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz and the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Eight major films based on Mahfouz’s works will be screened, including two adaptations of The Beginning and The End by Salah Abou Seif and Arturo Ripstein, The Hunger by Aly Badrakhan and The Thief and The Dogs by Kamal El Sheikh.
The Indian film Charulata based on Tagore’s novella The Broken Nest will also be screened.
Two Egyptian films that revolve around the Egyptian revolution, Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Politician and 18 Days will also be screened. The former will be in the Documentary Feature Competition and the latter in the Showcase category.
A third Egyptian film, Asmaa by Amr Salama, will be competing in the New Horizons Competition.
There will also be a Spotlight on Sweden section that will screen three films by master of 20th century cinema Ingmar Bergman, as well as several contemporary Swedish films.