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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 02:50 GMT

Top masters of cinema for Qumra 2018

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Venice Golden Lion winning Russian director and writer Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Loveless), Cannes Palme d'Or winning Thai filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and the only documentary director to win the Berlinale Golden Bear Italian director Gianfranco Rosi are confirmed as the first three Masters of the Doha Film Institute's (DFI) dedicated industry event Qumra 2018.
In the fourth edition of Qumra next year, they will deliver Master Classes to upcoming filmmakers from Qatar and around the world, providing them with unique professional development opportunities through the mentoring sessions and development workshops led by film industry experts.
In addition, defining films by the three Qumra masters will be screened to public audiences, sharing artistic inspirations of world-renowned masters of cinema. For the filmmakers that make up the Qumra delegates, the programme provides invaluable access to the finest works in global cinema by true vanguards of the industry.
'The fourth edition of Qumra is blessed to welcome three distinguished auteurs of world cinema, true masters who have presented standout films that reflect our world today through thought-provoking messages and discussions, DFI CEO Fatma al-Remaihi said. Artistic adviser Elia Suleiman said films by such masters touch the soul unlike any other. 'Weerasethakul's films express a rich poetic beauty that can only come with deep contemplation and meditation. A profound window into modern Russian society, Zvyagintsev's films shine with an unsettling narrative brilliance, he noted.
'Rosi presents a gritty reality with a gravitas that holds you to an unavoidable empathy. All three Masters are exceptional filmmakers who define what it is to continuously elevate the standards of world cinema, Suleiman added.
Previous Qumra Masters include Argentina's eminent Lucrecia Martel, internationally acclaimed Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winning Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, French auteur Bruno Dumont, Cambodian creative documentarian Rithy Panh, Mexican actor/director/producer Gael Garcia Bernal, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominated Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, Romanian auteur and Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winning Bosnian writer/director Danis Tanovic, Palme d'Or winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Cannes Grand Prix winning Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, Oscar nominated director Joshua Oppenheimer, Cannes Best Screenplay winning writer James Schamus and Aleksandr Sokurov. There are two 2018 Qumra masters to be confirmed.


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