Mon Dec 17,2007

Closing Night Film ‘The Kite Runner’ Up for Best Foreign Language Film

Dubai, December 14, 2007: Nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes Awards have been announced, and 9 films screening at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) have received nods, some in multiple categories.

Closing Night film The Kite Runner, which has its international premiere at DIFF, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film as well as for Best Score. Tickets for the screening, which will be held at the Madinat Arena at 18:00 on Sunday, December 16, are on sale at all DIFF box offices. The author of the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, will be present at the screening.

On December 15 at 20:00, Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy nominee Across the Universe will screen as part of Rhythm and Reels at the Dubai Media City amphitheatre. Following the film, musical act ‘The Best of the British Invasions’ will cover some of the greatest moments in the history of rock n roll.

DIFF’s Opening Night film Michael Clayton, which brought George Clooney to Dubai, received a total of four nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Clooney, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for Tilda Swinton, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Tom Wilkinson.

Tying with Michael Clayton for most nominations, the Coen Brothers’  neo-Western No Country for Old Men received nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Javier Bardem, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Along with The Kite Runner, the category of Best Foreign Language Film contains two DIFF films: 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which takes the audience back to the grey days of Communist Rumania, is a contender, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is represented in this category as well as that of Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Cinema for Children Gala Bee Movie has been nominated for Best Animated Feature, and Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck’s directing debut, received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for Amy Ryan. Casey Affleck, who also appeared in the film, was nominated for his appearance in The Cinema of the World film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

DIFF 2007 Principal Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates and Jumeirah.


About DIFF:

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) was launched in December 2004 under the theme: Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds.

DIFF is held under the honorary Chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. DIFF is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority.

As the previous editions of DIFF have demonstrated, the Festival not only presents cinematic excellence from around the world, but is also an important high-profile platform for aspiring home-grown talent.

“Bridging Cultures. Meeting Minds,” has been hailed by all as a unique and relevant theme to promote better understanding and mutual respect between different communities and countries.
Since its inception, DIFF has become an important meeting point for international and regional filmmakers and industry professionals setting the foundation for potential future collaborations.

The past three editions of DIFF have presented more than 250 films, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries.

DIFF 2006

In 2006 the festival took place at the magnificent Madinat Jumeirah resort. As a further commitment of DIFF’s endeavours to facilitate greater opportunities for regional Arab talent, the Muhr Awards was launched. Another first for DIFF in 2006 was the setting up of the Industry Office, which was established with a view to exclusively assist the needs of all registered delegates.

DIFF 2007

The fourth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival will take place from December 9-16 and will present the best of Arab and international cinema in the feature film, shorts and documentary formats. Building on the success of last year, DIFF 2007 will also host the Muhr Awards and the Industry Office with new features.

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