This series of film screenings is inspired by the Photographs: An early album of the world exhibition. Curated by Hind Mezaina.
Admission to each screening is free.
Please pre-book your ticket online, by calling +971 600 56 55 66 or at the museum ticketing desk.
The Eye of Istanbul
29 June | 5pm
Director: Binnur Karaevli & Fatih Kaymak
2015 | 61 min | Documentary | PG-15 | Turkish with English subtitles
The story of Ara Guler (1928-2018) the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer, through the preparation of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul.
As Ara selects photographs for the exhibition, his artistic process and resourcefulness are revealed, as the stories behind his most iconic images are brought to life.
A complex and unforgettable character, his sharp, irreverent, funny and philosophical moments are captured on film. Although he is mostly recognized for his black and white photographs of Istanbul, he has enjoyed an international career, which has spanned over sixty years. He has captured more than 1 million photographs throughout his career.
Dawson City: Frozen Time
15 June | 5pm
Director: Bill Morrison
2017 | 120 min | Documentary | PG-15 | English
Discover the bizarre history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was unearthed in a sub-arctic swimming pool in 1978, when a bulldozer digging up a parking lot uncovered a treasure trove of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers.
Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the centre of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to Canada’s most western territory. The films were seldom, if ever, returned.
Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation.
The film screening is courtesy of Hypnotic Pictures and Picture Palace Pictures.
22 June | 5pm
Director: Jennifer Bauchwal
2006 | 90 min | Documentary | PG-13 | English
Award-winning documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky.
Burtynsky is famous for his large-scale photographs of 'manufactured landscapes' – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as "stunning" or "beautiful," and so raises questions about ethics and aesthetics.
The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country's massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai's urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.
Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes highlights our profound impact on the planet through industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste.
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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