The Doha-Tribeca film festival ends this weekend and the third edition has been a great occasion to see some of the best of what’s new in world cinema, like the latest film from Frenchman Jean-Jacques Annaud – “Black Gold”.
It was the world premiere for the French-Qatari co-production, an action movie set in the 1930s oil rush on the Arabian penisnsular, and attracting big names to the cast like Antonio Banderas, or Britain’s Mark Strong.
“It’s brilliant to be here with a film like this that was not only filmed here, but is such an amazing movie about the Arab world, and I feel very privileged,” says Strong.
Also present was Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki, whose “Where do we go now?” has been a surprise hit in and beyond her country, which has no film industry to speak of.
The film looks at Lebanon’s sectarian conflict in a village where women of all faiths band together to protect their community from violence.
Labaki’s previous film “Caramel” was also based on women. Why is the feminine element so dominant in her films?
“Simply because I am a woman. It is natural speaking about women. I am aware of my responsibility as a woman in the community where I live and am aware of my responsibility as a mother and I can make a change in my society,” she says.
“Where do we go now” has been honoured at film festivals around the world since it premiered in Cannes in the spring, and will represent Lebanon at next February’s Oscars.