Six DIFF Films Nominated for Golden Globe Awards

Fri Dec 16,2005

Dubai, December 16, 2005: Six films from this year’s Dubai International Film Festival have been nominated in various categories for the prestigious Golden Globe Awards to be held in January 2006, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced this week. The films – Pride and Prejudice, In Her Shoes, The Constant Gardener, Walk The Line, Paradise Now and Joyeux Noel – are included in the Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema, Café Europe and Arabian Nights program sections.

Paradise Now, the story of Palestinian suicide bombers on a mission, and Joyeux Noel, the story of an impromptu time-out at the height of World War I, served as the Festival’s opening and closing gala. The Golden Globes, one of Hollywood’s most influential awards, are awarded by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a body made up of a select group of international film journalists. British drama The Constant Gardener, period piece Pride and Prejudice and American biopic Walk the Line earned nominations in the category for Best Motion Picture, with Reese Witherspoon and Kiera Knightley earning additional nods in the Best Performance category for their roles in Walk the Line and Pride and Prejudice respectively.

Shirley MacLaine and Rachel Weisz also drew Best Supporting Actress nods for their performances in In Her Shoes and The Constant Gardener. Based on a John Le Carre novel, the thriller The Constant Gardner makes a sharp political point about the often cynical motives of global companies. The film’s director, Fernando Meirelles, has also earned a Golden Globe nomination. With six films making it to the 63th Golden Globe Awards, considered the forerunner to the Oscars, Dubai audiences should have much to cheer about at being able to catch some of these films at this year’s Festival.

The second Dubai International Film Festival ends Saturday, December 17. The Festival is presented by Dubai Media City and its Founding Sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Properties, Emirates, Etisalat and the Madinat Jumeirah – the Arabian Resort. The Festival’s Gold Sponsors are Bin Hendi Enterprises, National Bank of Dubai, Showtime, The Kanoo Group and The Palm Jumeirah; the Silver Sponsors are Filmworks, Motivate Publishing and Sony.

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