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United Arab Emirates cinema

From February 21, 2020 until July 03, 2020Check dates, schedules and entry conditions for each activity.
MADRID AND CORDOBA
Casa Árabe’s headquarters in each of the two cities. Check dates, schedules and entry conditions for each activity.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.

Casa Árabe will be screening three full-length movies and four short-subject films from the UAE, where the industry has been growing exponentially in recent years.

Casa Árabe is presenting a new film series devoted to productions from the United Arab Emirates, after having put on the series it already scheduled back in 2018 with films by such acclaimed directors as Nujoom Alghanem and Ali F. Mustafa. The fact is that over the last few years the film industry in the United Arab Emirates has undergone exponential growth, something which is becoming increasingly acknowledged as a result of the considerable number of film productions which have come to light in that country or which have been directed by filmmakers from the Emirates. This country’s is a cinema which reflects the huge variety and linguistic and cultural diversity of a cosmopolitan society in which over two hundred different nationalities have been living side-by-side for decades, only 10% of the local population having come originally from the nation itself. This variety of peoples and cultures is the result of the economic development that the country has been experiencing since the early 1970s because of oil exploitation. This development has allowed Dubai and Abu Dhabi to become one of the most important focal points for creativity, production and co-production in the entire Middle East. Similarly, over the last decade a new generation of Emirati directors has made its way onto the scene, trained in the country and abroad, and they are changing the audiovisual map of the UAE. Due to all of this, United Arab Emirates film, which is increasingly holding a key place in film production while becoming an important player within the international film market, is a clear example of the changes, advancements and transformations being experienced by the region.

Zinzana, Rashid & Rajab and Going to Heaven are excellent, diverse examples of the outcomes arising from the constant efforts to nurture talent and create local content aimed at both regional and global consumption all at once. The three films, though  very different from each other in terms of genre and aesthetics, share in common that they are the products of an Arab film scene gaining tremendous momentum precisely because the industry is striving so greatly in the  UAE. These productions can be expected to light up the path towards even more internationally acclaimed productions in the future.

This film series will be complemented by the screening of four short-subject films, Escape, Temporarily Disconnected, Beshkara  and Maryam, which were presented at the latest edition of the Sharjah Film Festival.

This special programming was made possible as a result of the collaboration between Casa Árabe, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Madrid and the Embassy of Spain of Abu Dhabi.

The official event for presenting the film series was held in Madrid on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m., and was presented by the Ambassador of the UAE in Spain, Majid Al-Suwaidi, and the General Director of Casa Árabe, Pedro Martínez Avial. The screenings scheduled for that date (the short-subject films “Temporarily Disconnected” and “Beshkara” and the full-length movie “Zinzana”) took place at the regularly scheduled time: 7:30 p.m. and they will be free of charge.
United Arab Emirates cinema
Frame from the film “Going to Heaven”
  • “Escape” and “Going to Heaven” 

    “Escape” and “Going to Heaven” 

    February 21, 20207:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    We are beginning a new film series devoted to film productions made in the United Arab Emirates. Today’s session is a double feature including a short-subject film and a full-length movie. Tickets now on sale.
    Escape, by Yaser Al Neyadi and Hana Alshateri
    United Arab Emirates (2017, 27 min.) Short-subject film
    A selection of short stores which include unrelated, wide-ranging characters, though all of them are alike in the sense that they must deal with life’s crises and challenges.

    Going to Heaven, by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry
    United Arab Emirates (2015, 90 min.) Full-length feature film
    At the very early age of eleven, a young boy from the Emirates, Sultan, feels lost in the world. Limited by his strict stepmother and her constraints, he longs for the warmth given to him by his maternal grandmother, who has grown estranged from the family. With the help of his best friend, Saud, he sets off throughout the Emirates in search of the piece missing in his puzzle, learning some very basic life lessons along the way. From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, via Dubai. Sultan and Saud’s adventures makes it clear how important family and friendship are, all set within the backdrop of their lovely country.

    Preview
  • “Escape” and “Going to Heaven” 

    “Escape” and “Going to Heaven” 

    February 21, 20208:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    We are now beginning our sessions in the film series dedicated to the United Arab Emirates in Cordoba, with these two films that can be seen during the months of February and March.
    Escape, by Yaser Al Neyadi and Hana Alshateri
    United Arab Emirates (2017, 27 min.) Short-subject film
    A selection of short stores which include unrelated, wide-ranging characters, though all of them are alike in the sense that they must deal with life’s crises and challenges.

    Going to Heaven, by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry
    United Arab Emirates (2015, 90 min.) Full-length feature film
    At the very early age of eleven, a young boy from the Emirates, Sultan, feels lost in the world. Limited by his strict stepmother and her constraints, he longs for the warmth given to him by his maternal grandmother, who has grown estranged from the family. With the help of his best friend, Saud, he sets off throughout the Emirates in search of the piece missing in his puzzle, learning some very basic life lessons along the way. From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, via Dubai. Sultan and Saud’s adventures makes it clear how important family and friendship are, all set within the backdrop of their lovely country.
    Preview
  • Presentation of United Arab Emirates film series

    Presentation of United Arab Emirates film series

    February 28, 2020Presentation at 7:00 p.m. Screenings at 7:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). Presentation at 7:00 p.m. Screenings at 7:30 p.m. As an exception, entry will be free of charge, compliments of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    At today’s session, we will be holding the official presentation of this film series, to be hosted by the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Spain and the General Director of Casa Árabe. Once the event has ended, we will get the chance to see two short-subject films and one fictional feature-length movie.
    The event for presenting the film series will be held at 7:00 p.m. and will be presented by the Ambassador of the UAE in Spain, Majid Al-Suwaidi, and the General Director of Casa Árabe, Pedro Martínez Avial. After this, at 7:30 p.m., we will begin the screenings that have been scheduled (the short-subject films “Temporarily Disconnected” and “Beshkara” and the full-length movie “Zinzana”), with free entry, courtesy of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

    Temporarily Disconnected, by Hamad Saghran
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 9 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    This short-subject film tells us the story of a household and its members when their Internet connection gets cut off.

    Beshkara [Maid], by Abdulrahman Al Madani
    (United Arab Emirates, 2015, 15 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    The caregiver from the Philippines for a dependent, grumpy old woman from the Emirates needs to return to her country when she finds out her daughter has come down with a terminal disease. During this short-subject film, we will find out whether the old lady lets her take the trip or not.

    Zinzana, by Majid Al Ansari
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 96 min.) Fictional feature film
    Trapped in a prison cell (“Zinzana”) located inside of a remote police station, a man named Talal  is tormented by visions of his beloved ex-wife and son while he waits to find out what his fate will be. When Daban, an officer from a neighboring city, shows up, Talal witnesses how the officer’s friendly visit suddenly turns into a bloodbath. Being behind bars is now the least of his problems, as he finds himself forced to take part in a game among madmen to save his family’s lives.
    Preview  

    Information sheet on the film series in Madrid
  • “Temporarily Disconnected,” “Beshkara” and “Zinzana”

    “Temporarily Disconnected,” “Beshkara” and “Zinzana”

    March 06, 20208:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    A new session in our film series on the Emirates is now coming to our headquarters in Cordoba, with two short-subject films and one full-length movie.
    Temporarily Disconnected, by Hamad Saghran
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 9 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    This short-subject film tells us the story of a household and its inhabitants when their Internet connection gets cut off.

    Beshkara [Maid], by Abdulrahman Al Madani
    (United Arab Emirates, 2015, 15 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    The caregiver for a dependent, grumpy old woman from the Emirates needs to return to the Philippines when she finds out her daughter has a terminal disease. The lady of the house, however, refuses to let her travel there.

    Zinzana, by Majid Al Ansari
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 96 min.) Fictional feature film
    Trapped in a prison cell (“Zinzana”) located inside of a remote police station, a man named Talal  is tormented by visions of his beloved ex-wife and son while he waits to find out what his fate will be. When Daban, an officer from a neighboring city, shows up, Talal witnesses how the officer’s friendly visit suddenly turns into a bloodbath. Being behind bars is now the least of his problems, as he finds himself forced to take part in a game among madmen to save his family’s lives.
    Preview
  • “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab” 

    “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab” 

    March 06, 20207:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Like every other Friday at our headquarters in Madrid, we will be offering you the best Arab cinema in the original language version with subtitles. This week, you won’t want to miss our new double feature session showing films from the United Arab Emirates.
    Maryam, by Mohammed Al Hammadi
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 22 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    Maryam Abdullah plans to leave the United Arab Emirates and move to New York to study the dramatic arts. Her mother forces her to get married and form a family instead of wasting her time on an unrealistic, meaningless dream. As she fights to achieve her goals, Maryam’s passion and ambitions quickly dry up when her father, the only person who supports her, suddenly dies.

    Rashid & Rajab, by Mohammed Saeed Harib
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 105 min.) Fictional feature film
    Rashid is a successful businessman from the Emirates who lives in Dubai with his lovely wife and teenage daughter. On the surface, his life seems wonderful: he has a beautiful home and luxury cars, but he is also a workaholic, which isolates him from his family. Rajab, on the other hand, is a carefree Egyptian deliveryman who rides all over Dubai delivering fast food on his motorbike.  He is a caring family man. He has a wife, and a daughter who dreams of attending an elite school that her father cannot afford. Despite the little interest he shows in working, Rajab has the unconditional love of his family. One day these two characters cross paths in the street, in an encounter that changes their destinies.

    Preview
  • “Escape” and “Going to Heaven”

    “Escape” and “Going to Heaven”

    March 13, 20207:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    CANCELLED. This is your last chance in Madrid to watch our double feature, which includes a short-subject film and a fictional full-length movie, as part of the film series that we have devoted to cinema from the United Arab Emirates.
    Escape, by Yaser Al Neyadi and Hana Alshateri
    (United Arab Emirates. 2017, 27 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    A selection of short stores which include unrelated, wide-ranging characters, though all of them are alike in the sense that they must deal with life’s crises and challenges.

    Going to Heaven, by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry
    (United Arab Emirates. 2015, 90 min.) Fictional feature film
    At the very early age of eleven, a young boy from the Emirates, Sultan, feels lost in the world. Limited by his strict stepmother and her constraints, he longs for the warmth given to him by his maternal grandmother, who has grown estranged from the family. With the help of his best friend, Saud, he sets off throughout the Emirates in search of the piece missing in his puzzle, learning some very basic life lessons along the way. From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, via Dubai. Sultan and Saud’s adventures makes it clear how important family and friendship are, all set within the backdrop of their lovely country.
    Preview

  • Triple feature movie session

    Triple feature movie session

    March 20, 20207:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    CANCELLED. At our Madrid headquarters today, you will have the chance to enjoy the short-subject films “Temporarily Disconnected” by Hamad Saghran, “Beshkara (Maid)” by Abdulrahman Al Madni and “Zinzana” by Majid Al Ansari. Buy your ticket online now.
    Temporarily Disconnected, by Hamad Saghran
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 9 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    This short-subject film tells us the story of a household and its inhabitants when their Internet connection gets cut off.

    Beshkara [Maid], by Abdulrahman Al Madani
    (United Arab Emirates, 2015, 15 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    The caregiver for a dependent, grumpy old woman from the Emirates needs to return to the Philippines when she finds out her daughter has a terminal disease. The lady of the house, however, refuses to let her travel there.

    Zinzana, by Majid Al Ansari
    (United Arab Emirates, 2018, 96 min.) Fictional feature film
    Trapped in a prison cell (“Zinzana”) located inside of a remote police station, a man named Talal  is tormented by visions of his beloved ex-wife and son while he waits to find out what his fate will be. When Daban, an officer from a neighboring city, shows up, Talal witnesses how the officer’s friendly visit suddenly turns into a bloodbath. Being behind bars is now the least of his problems, as he finds himself forced to take part in a game among madmen to save his family’s lives.

    Preview
     
  • “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab”

    “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab”

    April 03, 20207:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    With this double feature session, we will be bringing the film series we have held on cinema from the Emirates during the months of February and March to a close.
    Maryam, by Mohammed Al Hammadi
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 22 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    Maryam Abdullah plans to leave the United Arab Emirates and move to New York to study the dramatic arts. Her mother forces her to get married and form a family instead of wasting her time on an unrealistic, meaningless dream. As she fights to achieve her goals, Maryam’s passion and ambitions quickly dry up when her father, the only person who supports her, suddenly dies.

    Rashid & Rajab, by Mohammed Saeed Harib
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 105 min.) Fictional feature film
    Rashid is a successful businessman from the Emirates who lives in Dubai with his lovely wife and teenage daughter. On the surface, his life seems wonderful: he has a beautiful home and luxury cars, but he is also a workaholic, which isolates him from his family. Rajab, on the other hand, is a carefree Egyptian deliveryman who rides all over Dubai delivering fast food on his motorbike.  He is a caring family man. He has a wife, and a daughter who dreams of attending an elite school that her father cannot afford. Despite the little interest he shows in working, Rajab has the unconditional love of his family. One day these two characters cross paths in the street, in an encounter that changes their destinies.

    Preview

  • "Escape" and "Going to Heaven"

    "Escape" and "Going to Heaven"

    June 19, 20208:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    We are now revisiting our sessions in the film series dedicated to the United Arab Emirates in Cordoba, with these two films.
    Escape, by Yaser Al Neyadi and Hana Alshateri
    United Arab Emirates (2017, 27 min.) Short-subject film

    A selection of short stores which include unrelated, wide-ranging characters, though all of them are alike in the sense that they must deal with life’s crises and challenges.

    Going to Heaven, by Saeed Salmeen Al-Murry
    United Arab Emirates (2015, 90 min.) Full-length feature film

    At the very early age of eleven, a young boy from the Emirates, Sultan, feels lost in the world. Limited by his strict stepmother and her constraints, he longs for the warmth given to him by his maternal grandmother, who has grown estranged from the family. With the help of his best friend, Saud, he sets off throughout the Emirates in search of the piece missing in his puzzle, learning some very basic life lessons along the way. From Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, via Dubai. Sultan and Saud’s adventures makes it clear how important family and friendship are, all set within the backdrop of their lovely country.
    Preview
  • “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab”

    “Maryam” and “Rashid & Rajab”

    July 03, 20208:00 p.m.
    CORDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    This is the last day in Cordoba to enjoy the film series that we have dedicated to the United Arab Emirates in the months of February and March. It is a double feature session at which you will be able to watch one short-subject film and a full-length fictional movie.
    Maryam, by Mohammed Al Hammadi
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 22 min.) Fictional short-subject film
    Maryam Abdullah plans to leave the United Arab Emirates and move to New York to study the dramatic arts. Her mother forces her to get married and form a family instead of wasting her time on an unrealistic, meaningless dream. As she fights to achieve her goals, Maryam’s passion and ambitions quickly dry up when her father, the only person who supports her, suddenly dies.

    Rashid & Rajab, by Mohammed Saeed Harib
    (United Arab Emirates, 2019, 105 min.) Fictional feature film
    Rashid is a successful businessman from the Emirates who lives in Dubai with his lovely wife and teenage daughter. On the surface, his life seems wonderful: he has a beautiful home and luxury cars, but he is also a workaholic, which isolates him from his family. Rajab, on the other hand, is a carefree Egyptian deliveryman who rides all over Dubai delivering fast food on his motorbike.  He is a caring family man. He has a wife, and a daughter who dreams of attending an elite school that her father cannot afford. Despite the little interest he shows in working, Rajab has the unconditional love of his family. One day these two characters cross paths in the street, in an encounter that changes their destinies.

    Preview