Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy – Cinema Akil

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Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy


In this very unique summer season, Cinema Akil takes you on a journey through the big screen with a summer-long series of timeless classics, contemporary favorites celebrating the joy of travel.  The program starts on the 26th June and continues to September 2020 and will travel through the screen to different destinations through its country focus. 

We commence the journey with Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy, a love letter to the country hard hit by the pandemic in a special 4-part series held in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi, and Front Row Filmed Entertainment and will run from 26 June - 6 August 2020.  

Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy will kick off with two tributes to Rome starting with the timeless Palm d’Or award winning Frederico Fellini masterpiece LA DOLCE VITA (1960) will travel to Rome through the adventures of gossip columnist Marcello Mastrioanni, where his dreams, fantasies, nightmares and fears are mirrored by the hedonism all around him.

The program will continue 86th Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino’s LA GRANDE BELLEZZA [THE GREAT BEAUTY] (2013), a celebration of Rome through the eyes of 65-year-old Jep Gambardella, revealing the city in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

We will move on to the Mediterranean sea off the Italian coast with two Academy Award winning films from the 1990. The first is IL POSTINO (1994)  a moving tale of poetry, love and friendship set on a breathtaking landscape off of  the Italian coast. The closing film is the critically acclaimed MEDITERRANEO (1991) directed by Gabriele Salvatores, an antiwar story set during World War II on a seemingly deserted island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. 

Join us on this magical journey through Italy. 

All screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed. Tickets will be available for sale on the website Tickets are 52.5 (VAT included).

Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy
Cinema Akil Traveller: Journey to Italy

About Cinema Akil

Cinema Akil is an independent cinema platform that brings quality films from across the world to the audiences in the UAE. Showcasing directors and filmmakers across the decades, Cinema Akil aims to create awareness and interest in film and the cinematic arts. Launched in 2014 as a nomadic cinema, Cinema Akil has held over 60 pop-up nomdic cinemas attracting over 35,000 attendees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In September 2018, Cinema Akil opened its first permanent location in Al Quoz, Dubai making it the GCC’s first arthouse cinema. Cinema Akil’s flagship home is brought to you in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. Follow us into the dark.

Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Abu Dhabi / Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi is the cultural section of the Embassy of Italy to the United Arab Emirates. Its institutional mission is to promote Italian language, culture and arts and to foster cultural relations between Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

Row Filmed Entertainment

Front Row Filmed Entertainment LLC is a leading independent film distribution company that acquires all rights for distribution in the Middle East and North Africa based in Dubai (UAE) and with offices in Kuwait and Lebanon. Front Row was launched in 2003 by Gianluca & Michel Chakra and currently boasts a film library of close to 1,000 titles. The company is also partnered with Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC). Front Row’s recent releases include JUDY starring Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger, the blockbuster anime franchise feature ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE, EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE starring Zac Efron and the moving romance drama ORDINARY LOVE featuring Liam Neeson. Front Row’s upcoming slate will include titles such as Aaron Sorkin’s THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 with Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, THE MARKSMAN starring Liam Neeson, AVA starring Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in THE FATHER.