DIFF Daily 2011

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Variety: ‘Black Gold’ tops Arab box office

Dec 09, 2011 - 06:49 PM

BY DIANA LODDERHOSE Jean-Jacques Annaud's Arabian epic ‘Black Gold’ is a hit in the Middle East and Arab world where it's on course to make more than $1 million theatrically. Pic, which toplines Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto, is tied for the No.1 slot with Adam Sandler comedy ‘Jack and Jill’. Its box office sits at around $700,000 and, after holding well, is expected to pass $1 million this weekend. Co-produced by Tarak Ben Ammar's Quinta Communications and the Doha Film Institute, pic has sold out in a number of territories including the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. ... read more

Variety: Mixing genres in films is dangerous, experts say

Dec 09, 2011 - 06:22 PM

BY BADAR SALEM It seems that the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is determined to offer something new each year. This year, the fest’s Dubai Film Forum has introduced the “How to” series of sessions, which offers young filmmakers the opportunity to learn more about filmmaking basics including how to tell a story, finance, and sell your film. The first session of the forum, which unspooled on Thursday, focused on the bare bones: storytelling and story development. The session discussed how a filmmaker, a producer or even creative partner choose which projects to get involved in and how can they ... read more


Dec 09, 2011 - 03:43 PM

Festival’s partnerships key to Dubai Film Market’s ‘Script to Screen’ mantra BY RABIYA SONDE The collaboration between the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the TorinoFilmLab (TFL) and the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) was initiated to promote regional talent, and give filmmakers the opportunity to work with professionals from Europe. ‘I think this partnership is quite extraordinary,’ says Savina Neirotti, director of TFL. ‘It came from a need within the region. It was a fantastic idea of DIFF’s to call TFL who specialise in script development, and EAVE who specialise in ... read more

Where do we go now?

Dec 09, 2011 - 02:47 PM

Dubai Film Connection turns 5 today. RANIA HABIB tracks down some of its alumni. Where do we go now? From script to screen, and back to script. Filmmakers in the making have come to the Dubai Film Connection (DFC) year after year to realise their nascent storylines into full-blown co-productions. Some have even presented their completed films at past Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) editions, and others are here this year to showcase their collaborations. Producer Talal Al Muhanna first came to DFC in 2009 with his project ‘Beit Sha’ar/Nomad’s Home’, with Egyptian director Iman Kamel. A year ... read more

Interview: Myrna Makaron

Dec 09, 2011 - 01:45 PM

Programmer – Cinema for Children How would you describe this year’s programme for children? Myrna Makaron: This year’s Cinema for Children programme is entertaining. It’s all fun and adventure instead of some huge problem or crisis. The films also have some lovely messages - the emphasis is on relationships. There are a couple of German films [‘Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods’ and ‘When Santa Fell to Earth’] in the programme. Was that a conscious move to coincide with DIFF’s In Focus –Germany? MM: Definitely. It was a conscious effort to coincide with the German focus this year. We ... read more


Dec 09, 2011 - 01:38 PM

BY MOHAMAD ALI AL ALI ‘The Egyptian Revolution Cannot Be Ignored’ ‘The importance of the Egyptian revolution cannot be ignored because it is considered as Egypt’s most crucial revolution. We cannot ignore the other revolutions in the entire area, which seek to establish a democratic society and alter the history of the world. Democracy means everyone can express his or her own perspectives, whether a citizen and actor.’ ‘Omar Sharif Is A Better Actor Than Me’ My task in cinema is not as essential as Omar Sharif’s is. While I had secondary roles in the French cinema, Mr Sharif had major acting ... read more

Bollywood Bonanza at DIFF

Dec 09, 2011 - 01:28 PM

BY DIFF DAILY STAFF After cruising off to a phenomenal start on Wednesday night, Dubai International Film Festival’s ‘A Celebration of Indian Cinema’ programme was in the spotlight last night at DIFF’s Gala screening of ‘Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl’. Bollywood fans lined the carpet to welcome Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh. Preceding the Gala premiere, the lead actors along with Avtar Panesar, Vice President- International Operations for YRF, spoke to the press earlier in the day. After the success of ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’, the winning combination of Sharma, Singh and director Maneesh Sharma ... read more

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