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DFI Announces Special Sneak Preview of ‘Woman in Black’

Feb 15, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe’s First Role After Harry Potter Receives Rave Reviews

Doha – February 14, 2012: The Doha Film Institute today announced a special sneak preview of the new star-studded psychological horror film ‘Woman in Black’ ahead of its Middle East release. The screening will be held at Katara Cultural Village, Building 16 Drama Theatre on February 19 at 7pm.

Doha audiences will feel a chill up their spines as they watch Daniel Radcliffe, in his first role after Harry Potter, playing Arthur Kipps, a widowed lawyer who finds himself and his family under threat from the supernatural. After accepting a post to settle the affairs of a deceased eccentric in a remote village, he realises that everyone in town has a deadly secret related to his client and the continuous visitations of a mysterious ‘woman in black’ – and that he and his family are not safe until he finds out what it is.

Starring with Radcliffe is Harry Potter co-star Ciaran Hinds, who played Dumbledore in the beloved series, and prominent British theatre and film actress Janet McTeer.

The film opened to rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, and is the top-grossing Hammer Film of all time in the United States. Hammer Studios is the venerable British film studio that at its peak in the 1950‘s and 60‘s was the home of horror greats like Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing. The studio has enjoyed a revival of late, as ‘Woman in Black’ is sure to prove.

Guardian UK reviewer Xan Brooks wrote: “James Watkins’s exuberant…direction had me jumping in my seat and clutching pathetically at the armrest.”

‘Woman in Black’ is distributed in the Middle East by Front Row Entertainment, who are partnering with DFI to present the screening.

About Doha Film Institute (DFI):

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) is an independent cultural organisation established in 2010 to incorporate Qatar’s film initiatives under one banner.

Located at Qatar’s new cultural hub, Katara, DFI’s many initiatives include film and television funding for MENA and international films, year-round education programs, film screenings, and the annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF).

In addition, DFI has established a number of strategic cultural partnerships with leading local and international organisations including Katara Cultural Village Foundation, Tribeca Enterprises, World Cinema Foundation, Maisha Film Labs and Giffoni Film Festival.

DFI was founded by H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Along with Her Excellency, DFI leadership comprises DFI Board Vice-Chair and Festival Board Chair, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Fahad Al-Thani; DFI Board Member and Festival Board Vice-Chair, H.E. Dr. Hassan Al-Nimah; DFI Board Member, Mr. Mansoor Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud; Festival Board Member, H.E. Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Al Thani; and DFI Executive Director, Amanda Palmer.