First round of films announced for DIFF

Focus on European filmmakers at tenth edition of Dubai International Film Festival

Hype is already starting to build for the tenth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, as the first round of movies to be featured is unveiled.

New pictures from the acclaimed directors of Juno and A Separation are among those already named, sparking hopes the filmmakers could pay a visit to the emirate.

Organisers have announced part of the Cinema of the World programme, which brings together films from outside of the GCC.

The six movies named to screen at this year’s event, from December 6 to 14, are:

The Past – as a follow-up to Oscar-winning success A Separation, Iranian heavyweight Asghar Farhadi is back on familiar turf with a drama about a man travelling from Paris to Tehran to finalise his divorce. It stars Ali Mosaffa and The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo, who won the Best Actress Award at Cannes earlier this year.

Labor Day – starring both Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, this romantic mystery-thriller is the latest from director Jason Reitman, the man behind Up in the Air and Juno.

The Selfish Giant – Inspired by the Victorian fairytale of the same name, and from writer-director Clio Barnard, comes this gritty British drama about two council estate teenagers who get caught up in crime.

Mystery Road – Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen presents a thriller set in the outback, with a cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten.

The Great Beauty – Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino paints a decadent Rome of social climbers, politicians, high-flying criminals, journalists, actors, artists and intellectuals.

Tenderness – A comedy from Belgium’s Marion Hänsel about a separated couple who find themselves reunited after 15 years for a road trip when their son is hospitalised.
For more see www.dubaifilmfest.com.

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