DIFF Daily 2010

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Bertolucci announces New Project

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:38 PM

ROME – Helmer Bernardo Bertolucci is preparing to return behind camera with an intimate coming-of-age drama based on best-selling short novel ‘Io e Te’ by hot Italo author Niccolò Ammaniti, who will co-pen. Bertolucci, currently being honoured by the Museum of Modern Art with a high-profile retro, has announced the project to Italian media in New York. Ammaniti, in Rome, has confirmed they will work in tandem on the screenplay. ‘Io e Te,’ which is published by Einaudi in Italy, is largely set in a Rome basement where an introverted adolescent boy hides out, having told his parents he has instead ... read more

‘Tron’ creator: Tech changed us Lisberger has seen life come to imitate his digital fantasy

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:30 PM

I am frequently asked how we used today's cutting-edge technology to make ‘Tron: Legacy’ just as revolutionary as ‘Tron’ was in its time. One of my roles as a producer on the film has been to provide some historical perspective between the two films. Certainly, the new advanced tools have changed film, but they have changed us as well. The smart phone in your pocket or purse now has more computing power than all the computers combined on the first ‘Tron’ - from the perspective of the early '80s, we are all ‘nerds’ now. Back then, I dreamt up a laser that scanned Kevin Flynn to bring him inside ... read more

Jury Box

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:28 PM

KEBOUR GHENNA, Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) ‘It’s my first time in DIFF and the programme has impressed me, with its organisation and set-up. There is a diverse choice of films to choose from and there is always an element of suspense, of what’s next in the line-up of films to be screened in DIFF.’ SAWSAN DARWAZA (Jury Member) HRFN ‘Looking at the various genres of films that could be portrayed under the Human Rights category, I feel that there is an increasing necessity of such films in our Arab society, where there are many conflicts among countries and other heated issues, events, happening ... read more

Dubai’s first film talent agency opens

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:27 PM

The UAE’s first talent agency for film directors and actors, as well as other artists, was announced at DIFF this week, marking another step in the professionalisation of the regional industry. Talent Casting Agency (TCA) is the brainchild of Saro Carlwig, a Los Angeles-born legal graduate with 15 years’ experience in the industry. Carlwig relocated to Dubai in 2007 and founded Globetrotter Productions here in 2008. Her partner in TCA is Abu Dhabi-based filmmaker Hamed Arsi. ‘We have all these festivals and commissions in the region now,’ says Carlwig, ‘but upcoming directors and actors don’t know ... read more

Interview: Shivani Pandya, DIFF Managing Director

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:26 PM

Seven years on, and one of the messages being relayed by guests is the fine balance that DIFF has achieved in terms of showcasing cinema and developing a strong industry component. How have you achieved that and what can you tell us about this year’s Dubai Film Market? It’s great to hear that feedback! With the new Dubai Film Market, we’ve consolidated everything under one roof. To make sure we go from ‘Script to Screen’ we’ve offered unprecedented access to industry initiatives that cover the entire life cycle of a film. The Interchange for example, which is in association with the TorinoFilmLab, ... read more

Spain confers Order of Civil Merit on DIFF’s Artistic Director

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:24 PM

His Excellency Gonzalo de Benito, the Spanish ambassador to the UAE, yesterday honoured DIFF by awarding the Order of Civil Merit to the Festival’s Artistic Director, Masoud Amralla Al Ali on behalf of King Juan Carlos. The accolade honours those who have enhanced Spain’s presence in the world. De Benito cited Al Ali’s longstanding commitment to showcasing Spanish and Spanish-language cinema at the Festival as well as DIFF’s new collaboration with the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also praised Al Ali as ‘a man of art’ in his own right. ‘I’m a shy person so I don’t know how to express ... read more

DIFF comes to a close tonight with Muhr Awards

Dec 19, 2010 - 06:22 PM

Where did the past seven days go? Come to that, where did the past seven years go? It’s hard to believe that the seventh edition of DIFF is nearly over! For the past seven days, we’ve seen a parade of celebrities from around the world, walked the red carpet, seen dozens of fantastic new movies, partied at galas, attended workshops, panel debates and networked with guests. It’s been the biggest edition of the Festival yet - during which 157 films from 57 countries screened to thousands of viewers across Dubai. With 40 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 58 Middle Eastern premieres and 32 Gulf ... read more

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