The Cutting Edge showcases films challenging cultural norms

Sun Dec 13,2009

Hard-hitting films that challenge cultural norms are being screened as part of The Cutting Edge package at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this year.

DIFF Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said the films have been hand-picked for their subject matter and incisive outlook on socio-cultural realities. “Those who like to watch serious, thought-provoking movies only have to go for The Cutting Edge package. All the films are powerful stories from different parts of the world.”

In the Cutting Edge category are Nymph (Dec. 14, 10pm, Cinestar 5), Unlucky (Dec. 14, 1pm, Cinestar 6) and The White Meadows (Dec. 16, 12.15pm, Cinestar 9).

Director’s Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Thai film Nymph is a haunting thriller involving May and Nop, two young, successful professionals, apparently enjoying an idyllic marriage in Bangkok. A photography assignment in the jungle leads to a bizarre and scary series of events.

Unlucky, from Director Fatma-Zohra Zamoum, provides a brilliant insight into modern-day Algeria, through the viewpoint of three distinct protagonists, photographer Alia, ageing writer Cherif and taxi driver Farid.

The White Meadows, by Mohammad Rasoulof, is an allegorical and visually sumptuous journey into a magical world in which tears are collected for a purpose kept secret. The film follows Rahmat, who travels from island to island to collect the tears of those who are grieving.

Now in its sixth year, DIFF 2009 is held in association with Dubai Studio City and will be held from December 9 to 16. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah are the principal sponsors of DIFF and the event is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture). For more information on the festival, please visit

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