Luc Besson's 'The Lady,' Starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis to Close Doha Tribeca Film Festival

3:36 AM PST 09/28/2011 by Stuart Kemp

Doha Film Institute also unveils world cinema program sidebar for festival.

LONDON – Luc Besson’s The Lady, starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope and Sahajak Boonthanakit, will close this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Organizers said Besson’s biopic - depicting the real-life love story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s marriage to writer-academic Michael Arisas as she fights against governmental oppression to instill democracy into Burma’s political system - will close out the third annual Doha shindig.

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) also said it has chosen the filmmakers and movies for the festival’s Contemporary World Cinema program.

Movies from Mika Kaurismäki (Mama Africa), Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan las antípodas!) and Pawel Pawlikowski (The Woman in the Fifth) are included in this year’s world cinema line up which includes features and documentaries.

Michel Hazanavicius’ black and white silent movie The Artist, which won star Jean Dujardin the Best Actor Award at this year’s Festival de Cannes, Berlin entry Yasemin Şamdereli’s directorial feature film debut Almanya – Welcome To Germany and Takashi Shimizu’s Japanese 3D horror-comedy Tormented, a film that was produced on a budget of less than $1.6 million are on the roster.

The works of emerging first-time filmmakers will be repped by Hernán Belón (In the Open) and Tolga Karaçelik (Toll Booth) among others.

DFI executive director Amanda Palmer said: “Every festival aims to discover new talent and connect audiences with something they’ve never seen before. Nearly every film in this program is a MENA premiere and our programmers have travelled the globe to curate a selection designed specifically for our local community and international visitors, bringing unique perspectives on the world.”

The festival runs Oct. 25 through 29.

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