Travel to Italy at Cinema Akil
Travel to Italy through the big screen of Cinema Akil and enjoy the timeless classics like "La Dolce Vita" and "Il Postino"

I am sure many of us miss traveling now and if you love Italy as much as we do, you will enjoy the latest initiative at Cinema Akil. Rediscover Al Serkal, one of the trendiest areas in Dubai and indulge on some of the world’d best films.

This summer Cinema Akil, Dubai’s only independent cinema, takes you on a journey through the big screen. Cinema Akil Traveller will run from 26 June – September 2020 A summer-long series of timeless classics, contemporary favorites celebrating the joy of travel. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Cinema Akil Traveller kicks off in Italy through a series of four films starting with Frederico Fellini classic masterpiece LA DOLCE VITA (1960) and Paolo Sorrentino’s LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty).

At Cinema Akil, we’ve always believed that cinema can take you through places and times: you don’t haveto get on a plane to travel. Summer 2020 is not a typical one and if like many this year you’re choosing not to fly to your summer holiday destination, we wanted to bring that destination to you. An ode to traveland wanderlust, Cinema Akil Traveller is taking a bet on the power of cinema to transport us into new-says Butheina Kazim, Founder and Managing Director of Cinema Akil

She also added: “We’re proud to join forces with the newly opened Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Abu Dhabi and our long time partners Front Row Filmed Entertainment to bring to Dubai a program of dreams, a program of adventure and a program of films that truly capture Italy through the beauty of the big screen.”

The Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1960 Winner and 1962 Oscar’s Best Costume Design, La Dolce Vita, features Marcello Mastrioanni as Fellini’s alter ego as he depicts as a columnist. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Mastrioanni wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. Throughout his adventures, Mastrioanni’s dreams, fantasies, nightmares, and fears are mirrored by the hedonism all around him.

Awarded as the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, the gist of The Great Beauty is a Journalist, Jep Gambardella, who has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literaryand social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

On the other hand, Ida Zilio-Grandi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute said: “As the Italian CulturalInstitute (IIC) Abu Dhabi, recently established as the Cultural Section of the Embassy of Italy to the UAE, itis with great pleasure that we collaborate with an established local reality such as Cinema Akil in Dubai.”

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 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 Alserdal Avenue. Cinema Akil is a member of the Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) which includes members from the MENA region such as Metropolis in Beirut, Zawya in Cairo and Cinematheque duTangier in Morocco.

About the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Abu Dhabi / Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi is the cultural sectionof 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.

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