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Gere, Swank movie to open Doha Tribeca festival

Hollywood film about life of female aviator Amelia Earhart to kick off event on Oct 29.

Gere, Swank movie to open Doha Tribeca festival
STAR ROLES: Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.

A movie starring Richard Gere and Hilary Swank will open the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) in Qatar, organisers have announced.

A special screening of director Mira Nair's Amelia, an account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring Swank and Gere, will kick off the event which will show a total of 32 movies.

Twelve of the films have roots in the Middle East, organisers of the DTFF, which will run from October 29 to November 1, added.

Festival activities will be centred at the IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, while open-air screenings around the city will include a showing of the 1969 Egyptian film The Mummy (Al-Momia).

Other film highlights include Cairo Time, starring Patricia Clarkson, A Serious Man, the critically hailed new film from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, and The Informant! from director Steven Soderbergh, a Warner Bros. release starring Matt Damon.

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said: “We believe the line-up for our first festival reflects the genuineness of that cultural partnership and is embodied in the remarkable diversity and aesthetic range of the work.”

DTFF was founded through a long-term partnership between the Qatar Museums Authority and Tribeca Enterprises.

Festival organisers also announced that in its first year, 31 of the 33 films in the line-up will be eligible for two audience-based awards each carrying unrestricted cash prizes amounting to $50,000.

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