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You Won't Want To Miss Cinema Akil's Upcoming Series

The series depicts the power of cinema in influencing change and overcoming cultural barriers

A still from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Courtesy of Cinema Akil

Known as Dubai's only independent cinema, Cinema Akil is set to launch a summer-long series of classics to celebrate travel and pay homage to self-discovery amidst the picturesque landscapes and streets of France. Entitled Cinema Akil Traveller: Voyage to France, the program is set to run from 7 August until 3 September 2020. Featuring award-winning directors by the likes of François Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Jean Vigo and Agnès Varda, the series is designed in collaboration with Institut Français.

“Our joint venture initiative gives to the audience an opportunity to discover or rediscover some of the iconic French films," says Zohra AIT EL JAMAR. "Voyage to France series offers a program that builds understanding and appreciation of how the power of cinema changes lives, makes you wonder and overcomes cultural differences."

A still from The Beaches of Agnes. Courtesy of Cinema Akil

The program will begin with Truffaut’s timeless 1955 The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups), followed by Demy’s notable musical romance The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) starring Catherine Deneuve. Also featured will be Beaches of Agnès (Les Plages d'Agnès) by Varda, with the program concluding with Vigo’s iconic 1933 film L’Atalante.

“We’re pleased to continue our summer cinematic journey with Cinema Akil’s longstanding partner, the Institut Francaise with whom we’ve worked to bring our audiences some of the most engaging and critical programming," says Butheina Kazim, Founder & Managing Director of Cinema Akil.

A still from L'Atalante. Courtesy of Cinema Akil

"Voyage to France is not only a luscious expedition through the different landscapes of France, but a rare opportunity to experience the classic films of some of the greatest directors of all time like Jean Vigo, Jacques Demy, François Truffaut and of course Agnes Varda who returns to Cinema Akil after her retrospective in November last year.”

A still from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Courtesy of Cinema Akil

Stringent health procedures have been implemented to ensure the safety of visitors along with social distancing measures in line with the UAE authorities.

All screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed online. Tickets will be available for sale here.

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