x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Films you should be seeing at the Dubai International Film Festival

Our picks of the films you should be seeing at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Chubby Drums

If the name of this children's comedy doesn't draw you in, the story should. Based on the books by C Joh Kievit, this jolly adventure follows Chubby Drums, a cheerfully plump boy living in Roundville, where life is a continual party. But when he moves to Thin City, things aren't quite so easy and he must struggle to show where true beauty lies (within, if you were wondering). Tomorrow, 18.30, Mall of the Emirates Screen 1.

The Mexican Suitcase

In 2007, three tattered cardboard boxes - the so-called Mexican Suitcase containing the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of the war photographer Robert Capa - turned up in Mexico City after a mysterious journey. This fascinating documentary uses the 4,500 negatives to tell the story of the fight against fascism and the painful history Spain still shoulders to this day. Tomorrow, 16.15, Mall of the Emirates Screen 1.


The celebrated Japanese artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi is credited with starting the Gekiga or "dramatic pictures" style of alternative comics, and this charming animated film follows his career, beginning as a teenager in post-war occupied Japan. Tatsumi himself was involved in the project and provided the narration for the biographical segments. Directed by Eric Khoo, the film is Singapore's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Oscars. Saturday, 17.30, Mall of the Emirates Screen 10.

Born on the 25th of January

Tracking four months of the Egyptian revolution as seen through the eyes of the director Ahmed Rashwan, this documentary takes in the events leading to the day thousands flocked to Tahrir Square to demand civilian rule. Saturday, 22.15, Mall of the Emirates Screen 6.