Cinem’Art is a 5-week programme of international film screenings creating a dialogue between cinema and specific artworks from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent exhibitions. The programme offers a wide range of genres for all ages, including classic, contemporary, documentary and experimental films.

Cinem’Art is curated by the artist Hind Mezaina. Admission to the screenings is free.

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Film screenings

Director: Martin Scorsese
1997 | 134 min | Drama | PG-15 | English

In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognised as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people.

Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama.

This screening is inspired by ‘Head of Buddha’ found in Gallery 8.

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At Eternity’s Gate
3 July | 6pm
Director: Julian Schnabel
2018 | 110 min | Drama | PG-15 | English

A journey inside the world and mind of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, played by Willem Dafoe, as he developed his unique and colourful style of painting.

Based on Van Gogh’s letters, facts known about his life and a little imagination, the film follows the painter during his self-imposed exile in France as he overcame scepticism, ridicule and illness to create some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art.

This screening is inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Dance Hall in Arles” (1887) found in Gallery 19.

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10 July | 6pm
Director: Martin Scorsese
2011 | 121 min | Adventure | PG-13 | English

Set in 1920, Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo, an orphan who lives in Paris in the hidden nooks of a train station.

With the help of his friend, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), Hugo sets out to solve a mystery left behind by his late father (Jude Law): a curious puzzle involving a heart-shaped key, a cranky toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and a broken automaton.

Along the way, the tangled lives of the staff and passengers at the station provide numerous colourful detours, and Scorsese pays homage to early pioneers of cinema including the Lumiere brothers and Georges Méliès.

This screening is inspired by George Méliès’ ‘A Trip to the Moon' (1902) found in Wing 4, Passage 15. It is considered to be the world’s first science-fiction film and pays tribute to Méliès’, one of the most influential film makers in the cinematic history and founder of common film techniques still used today.

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17 July | 6pm 
Director: Ron Howard
1995 | 140 min | Historical Drama | PG-15 | English 

Award-winning movie based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission. Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything is going according to plan after leaving Earth’s orbit. However, an exploding oxygen tank threatens the crew’s oxygen and power supplies leaving them with the dilemma of either suffocating or freezing to death.

This screening is inspired by Muhamad ibn Ahmad Al-Buttuti’s ‘Astrolabe’ found in Gallery 12. The Astrolabe is a navigational tool that represents the celestial sphere in a flat projection.

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The Land
24 July | 6pm
Director: Youssef Chahine
1969 | 130 min | Drama | PG-15 | Arabic with English subtitles

‘The Land’ by the iconic Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine (1926 – 2008) details the struggle of a group of peasant farmers in the 1930s to protect their fields and their livelihood from feudal control.

This newly restored version of the film courtesy of Misr International Films is part of many screenings worldwide marking the 10th anniversary of Chahine’s death.

‘The Land’ is considered to be a masterpiece and was voted 4th in Dubai International Film Festival’s 2013 poll of the greatest Arab movies.

This screening is inspired by ‘Tablet inscribed with pictograms’ found in Gallery 2. The first Mesopotamian tablets were tools used for bookkeeping that served to record the movements of goods such as cereals, fabrics and livestock. This film screening highlights the evolution and establishment of the hierarchy system at work similar to what such tablets led to.

Film Rating Guide

In accordance with UAE National Media Council:

PG13: Customer may be aged 13 years and under, but must be accompanied by someone 13 years old or older. Please note content may not be appropriate for 13 years and below, booking to be at the discretion of guardians and parents.

PG15: Customer may be aged 15 years and under, but must be accompanied by someone 15 years old or older. Please note content may not be appropriate for 15 years and below, booking to be at the discretion of guardians and parents.

Louvre Abu Dhabi has provided its recommended ratings for all films, based on its assessment of the film’s content and themes. Ratings are for customer guidance only and Louvre Abu Dhabi accepts no liability for their accuracy.

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