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Swank’s film to open festival

Hilary Swank’s new film, Amelia, is to open the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Also starring Richard Gere and directed by Mira Nair, it tells the story of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and will lead the 32 movies comprising the festival’s film slate.

“I am honoured to present Amelia as the opening night of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival – Amelia was truly modern, a visionary, and my film explores her quest for balance between the ecstasy of the sky and the responsibility of the earth,” said Indian-born Mira.

“It is, in a sense, an action adventure, with Hilary Swank as the true embodiment of the spiritual power of Amelia Earhart.”

Other films showing at the Middle Eastern festival, which runs from October 29 to November 1, include Matt Damon’s The Informant!, the Coen Brothers’ latest offering A Serious Man, and Patricia Clarkson’s Cairo Time.

“We’ve programmed this slate with the local audience at the forefront of our minds. We are creating an exciting and varied film festival experience by bringing some of the best Arab and international films to Doha,” said Amanda Palmer, Executive Director of the festival.

“We are proud of the commitment of our attending filmmakers, who will help us take cinema appreciation to a new level here. These filmmakers will share their storytelling by not only showing their films, but by also engaging in other film-related activities, such as workshops and classes, throughout the festival.”