The City of Love at DIFF

Sun Dec 10,2006

The city of love is loved back in Paris Je T’aime (Paris, I Love You), a film in the Café Europe programming segment at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The omnibus production is an assembly of 18 short films by 20 acclaimed international filmmakers who were invited to tell a story about a romantic encounter in the most romantic city in the world.

Featuring a kaleidoscope of international stars, including Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood and Steve Buscemi, Paris, Je T’aime ventures into virtually every one of the city’s arrondissements, or districts, straying away from the picture postcard areas into the kind of unvisited quarter that provides, according to Portman, “the most exciting setting for a film—-somewhere where people live their lives.”

Some of the world’s most acclaimed directors, including the Coen Brothers (O Brother, Where Art Thou, 2000), Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, 2002) and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, 1997) injected the movie with a wide variety of styles, genres and atmospheres to capture the diversity of lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris.

One segment to look out for is the Parc Monceau, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004), that was shot in a single continuous take.

Paris Je T’aime screening times (at Mall of the Emirates Theatre 2)
December 12 21:15
December 13 21:30

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