Dubai Festival, German Institute to Screen Arab Films in Berlin

Ziad Doueiri - P 2012

The Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art will show titles from the festival's list of the 100 greatest Arab films, including Ziad Doueiri’s "West Beirut," later this month.

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is partnering with the Berlin-based Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art to screen productions from DIFF's list of the 100 greatest Arab films.

The showcase will kick off June 13 with Ziad Doueiri's West Beirut in the German capital's landmark Arsenal theater and run for six days.

DIFF worked with nearly 500 prominent regional and international film critics, writers, novelists, academics and other arts professionals to curate "Cinema of Passion," the first project of its kind in the Arab world to draw up a 100 greatest film list.

DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: "We are looking forward to sharing the region's rich cinematic traditions and shining a spotlight on the past and present of Arab cinema [in Berlin]. The films come from a diverse selection of genres, and we truly hope that filmgoers find the experience enriching and educational."

The German partnership follows hot on the heels of DIFF's showcase of three of the top 100 titles in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which also chose Doueiri's film set in the spring of 1975 as the Lebanese civil war unfolds.

As with the U.S. event, Chadi Abdel Salam's The Mummy (Al-Mummia) and Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station (Bab el Hadid) will also unspool in Germany.