Magicians of the Light screenings will be held next week from September 19 to 22 at the Museum of Islamic Art as Doha Film Institute Cinema (DFI Cinema) celebrates the vision of cinematographers who experiment with light. The screenings are held so that audiences can better understand the medium while appreciating great cinema.
Five films by accomplished filmmakers that demonstrate how they pushed the boundaries of cinematography to leave their legacy on cinematic history will be shown. Additionally, a masterclass will be offered by Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012. He will showcase a visually stunning survey of cinematography in cinema. The masterclass will take place on September 22 at 4pm in addition to Peña providing a fascinating introduction for select films in the series. The masterclass will focus on the magic of cinematography and throw some light on how art has made a deep impact in redefining cinema over the years.
On September 19 at 6pm, watch director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which won the Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematographer (Claudio Miranda), Best Original Score (Mychael Danna), Best Visual Effects (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer and Donald Elliott). Directed by Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi, Sansho the Bailiff will be screened on September 20 at 7pm. Master director Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal will be screened on Friday September 21 at 4pm. At 7pm on the same day, watch director Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. The final screening is on Saturday September 22 at 7pm of Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition.
QR35 per person. QR25 for Culture Pass holders. Tickets are available at DFI Ticket Outlet across the MIA Auditorium and online. Sept 19-22. Timings vary. MIA Auditorium, MIA, Al Corniche, www.dohafilminstitute.com.