The 8th Ajyal Film Festival features drive-in cinema in Lusail
The first-ever hybrid edition of the 8th Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) is taking place this week and will feature an inspiring selection of 80 films from 46 countries representing timeless tales of community and determination, highlighting the innocence of youth and an enduring optimism through cinema.
Pushing the limits of creativity and paving new paths, Ajyal 2020 features the first-ever drive-in cinema in Lusail as part of a multisensory experience for all ages.
Featuring an unmissable selection of films from classic family-favorites to edge-of-your-seat horror, the open-air cinema experience is set to bring the community together at safe social distances in line with government guidelines and with the health of all Ajyal participants as the top priority.
Tickets for the Drive-In screenings can be purchased for QAR 100 per car and are available at ajyalfilm.com.
In a special midnight screening, Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s The Blair Witch Project (USA/1999) follows three film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. The 18+ screening will take place at 11:59 pm on Thursday, November 19.
The second-midnight screening features James Whale’s Frankenstein (USA/1931) in which an obsessed scientist struggles with the artificial man he has created. The 18+ screening will take place at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 20.
Making its MENA premiere, Lupin III. The First (Japan/2020) by Takashi Yamazaki is screening at 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 22, and follows the ‘gentleman thief’ and his colorful underworld companions that race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal.
Screening at the Drive-In Cinema at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 20, the Ajyal 2020 Kids’ Special Screening will celebrate the 70th year of Disney’s beloved animated classic Cinderella (USA/1950) by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske.
The nostalgically enduring family-favorite follows Cinderella’s life as it is forever changed when her fairy godmother appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true.
Exploring the mesmerizing force of melody, Ajyal Drive-in Cinema invites audiences to the Ajyal Tunes concert series. Ajyal Tunes Concert 1 (Feel the Beat) explores the duality of music’s energy-giving and relaxing properties, taking place at 9:30 pm on Friday, November 20.
Ajyal Tunes Concert 2 (Music of the Heart), taking place at 9:30 pm on Saturday, November, 21, focuses on the emotional side of music.
Finally, Ajyal Tunes Concert 3 (Geekdom) at 9:00 pm on Monday, November 23, rounds off the series with a special Geekdom concert to delight anime and cartoon fans.
All concerts are priced at QAR 50 per car at Lusail.
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