Posted on June 03, 2016

The Doha Film Institute’s special presentation series, ‘Masters of Illusion’, part of DFI Cinema, will present the restored versions of three cult classics, The Mummy, Mirror and 8½’, that highlight the importance of visual illusions in filmmaking to provide a real sensory experience.

The special programme runs from June 1st to 5th at the Katara Drama Theatre, and explores the fascinating world of visual perceptions created by master filmmakers to provide audiences with a cinema experience that tricks the mind through the art of deception. Included in the line-up is The Mummy/ The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Mumia’) from Egyptian master Shadi Abdel Salam, that has been restored by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation World Cinema Project, that preserves, restores and distributes neglected films from around the globe.

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The programme also includes screenings of the restored copies of Federico Fellini’s 8½’ (Otto e Mezzo) and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror for the very first time in the Gulf region. Other stellar titles included in the programme; The Matrix by the Wachowskis which was a breakthrough in world of special effects and rocketed the career of Keanu Reeves, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, The Prestige by Christopher Nolan, revered for his work on the Batman series and Inception, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the prequel to ‘Alice through the looking glass’ releasing in cinemas this week.

The Prestige (USA/UK/2006) from Christopher Nolan screens at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 1st.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror (Russia/1975) is generally considered one of cinema’s masterworks, screens at 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 2nd.

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno ) (Spain/Mexico/USA/Mexico/2006 screens at 5:30 PM on Friday, June 3rd.

The Matrix (USA/Australia/1999) by the Wachowskis screens at 9:00 PM on Friday, June 3rd.

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The Mummy/ The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Mumia’)(Egypt/1969) from Shadi Abdel Salam is an eerie tale inspired by the real-life discovery of a cache of royal mummies and screens at 5:30 PM on Saturday, June 4th.

Federico Fellini’s 8½’ (Otto e Mezzo) (Italy/France/1963) screens at 9:00 PM on Saturday, June 4th.

The series also includes a free family screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (USA/2010)at 2:30 PM on Saturday, June 4th.

DFI’s Thematic Series, part of DFI Cinema, provides cultural and creative discoveries for audiences in Doha all year long, making a valuable contribution to the diversity of screen culture in the region. The initiative is aimed at strengthening appreciation for the arts and contributing to the evolution of Qatar’s rich cultural fabric, and offers audiences in Doha a unique opportunity to view films that may not necessarily reach commercial cinemas, and exposes them not only to the history of the medium but also introduces them to new perceptions through a diverse program.

For ticket prices and more details, please visit: www.dohafilminstitute.com

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