Powerful biopics, dark dramas and adventure included in Dubai International Film

Published November 16th, 2010 - 10:50 GMT

The Dubai International Film Festival today announced its programme of world cinema that will screen during the December 12 – 19 event.

A very popular segment in the Festival, DIFF's 'Cinema of the World' features the year's best cinema from around the world, with this year an emphasis on Europe. For its seventh edition the programme draws from diverse genres, geographies and subjects to offer a powerful array of biopics, horror, adventure, comedy and drama.

This year's European slate includes: 127 Hours, the nail-biting new film from Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle about a solo mountain climber forced to make tough decisions after being trapped under a boulder in Utah; Swedish mystery psycho-thriller Corridor (Isolerad) about a medical student whose peaceful life becomes jeopardized when he meets the girl upstairs and, shot in Barcelona by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Javier Bardem-starrer Biutiful, the story of a sensitive street criminal who discovers that his time is running out and struggles to leave something behind for his family.

From France comes Copacabana, a comedy starring real life mother-daughter pair Isabelle Huppert and Lolita Chammah about a mother who fights social conventions and her relationship with her more conservative daughter. The biographical Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child pays tribute to the life and works of the star African American artist with the added benefits of insider interviews, archival footage and wonderful images of his paintings; whilst Sophie Fiennes' Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow is a hypnotic realtime record of German artist Anselm Kiefer as he transforms an abandoned silk factory in France with the creation of fantastic sculptures.

From Germany come Suicide Club, in which five strangers meet on a high-rise rooftop with the intention of jumping, and When We Leave (Die Fremde), a powerful story of a young woman of Turkish descent fighting for an independent life despite resistance from her family.

Romanian drama If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, the story of a teenager five days away from his release from juvenile detention who is provoked to violence when he learns his mother has returned from Italy to take his younger brother back with her is another engrossing example of the new wave Romanian cinema.

Russia serves as the backdrop for two DIFF 2010 films: Polish drama Tomorrow Will be Better, charting the life of three homeless Russian boys who strike out for Poland in search of a better life; and Russian-language My Joy, a Ukrainian film about a truck driver whose routine delivery into the Russian hinterland takes a dark turn after a series of chance encounters.

The Cinema of the World programme also includes a selection of cinema from the USA, which will be announced later. The Festival's slate of Latin American cinema is this year housed in its 'In Focus: Mexico' tribute.

Sheila Whitaker, Director of DIFF's International Programming, said: "While filmmaking techniques and technology have evolved dramatically, good cinema still has to deliver a powerful narrative, exemplary performances and the ability to touch your heart and set you thinking. The films in the 'Cinema of the World' will, I hope, provide just that."

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19; the box office will open in late November. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Accreditation for DIFF 2010 is now open. 

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