Jean-Jacques Annaud's 'Black Gold' to Get World Premiere at Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Cannes)

The third edition of the festival is due to run Oct. 25 through 29.


CANNES -- Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold will take its world premiere bow at this year's Doha Tribeca Film Festival later this year.

Organizers, the Doha Film Institute, also said in Cannes that the third edition of the festival is due to run Oct. 25 through 29.

Co-produced with Quinta Communications, Black Gold marks the first major international co-production for DFI and Qatar and stars Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Riz Ahmed and Liya Kebede.

It is based on Hans Reusch's classic novel The Great Thirst and features a big set piece battle scene shot in the desert dunes of Mesaieed and Shamal, in Qatar.

"DTFF 2011 is the perfect launching platform for Black Gold," commented H.E. Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Al Thani, festival board member. "Not only did the film's production mobilize various national industry sectors and engage the Qatari public, but it strengthened DFI and Qatar's experience and know-how to build the beginnings of a dynamic local film industry."

DFI executive director Amanda Palmer said: "DFI and Quinta Communications are delighted to be premiering the film before local audiences at this year's festival and would like to thank the people of Qatar for their continued support."

Quinta Communications CEO Tarak Ben Ammar said: "Our relationship with the Doha Film Institute is far more than a financial deal. We share a real common view on the kind of films we want to make together and the way we both want to build our countries up in terms of film infrastructure, opportunities and a highly skilled workforce."