First Dubai market makes its 'Bones'

Alchemy Films acquires 'Mr. Bones 2' for Middle East

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DUBAI -- The Dubai International Film Festival's inaugural film market has its first deal, with Alchemy Films picking up South African feature "Mr. Bones 2" for the Middle East.

The pact, announced Friday, follows hot on the heels of the film's Nov. 27 release in South Africa, where it recorded the highest-grossing opening week ever for the territory -- out-grossing "Mr. Bones," "Mama Jack," "Quantum of Solace" and "High School Musical 3."

"We are delighted to have concluded the deal for 'Mr. Bones 2' with Alchemy Films during the Dubai International Film Festival," said Anant Singh, one of the film's producers.

Singh is in Dubai to present the documentary "More Than Just a Game," which makes its international premiere at the festival. The film, directed by Junaid Ahmed, tells the inspiring story of organized football at the Robben Island Prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

The inmates played with balls made of string and paper in their cells, until local prison authorities allowed them to start a football team in 1965. Mandela was banned from playing.

The film will be screened in Dubai today and Tuesday at the Cinestar at the Mall of the Emirates.