This year’s most anticipated epic films take centre stage in the ‘Cinema of the World’ segment

Thu Nov 08,2012

November 8th, 2012: The 9th Dubai International Film Festival is pulling out all the stops to bring audiences a line-up of this year’s most wonderfully epic and breathtaking films that are guaranteed to captivate audiences. The latest film announcements include the much-anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Bill Murray starring as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet and Wayne Blair’s musical drama The Sapphires about a group of Australian Aboriginal singers.
Sheila Whitaker, Director of the Festival’s International Programme, said: “DIFF’s Cinema of the World programme this year is a fascinating range of remarkable films from some of international cinema’s finest filmmakers and acting talent.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited film following There Will Be Blood is the highly anticipated The Master, an utterly absorbing psychological drama that centres around an aimless WWII veteran who befriends the charismatic founder of a new religion. This is one of the most talked about films of the year with extraordinary performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, bring us the powerful and inspiring epic drama Cloud Atlas starring Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon. Based on the celebrated best-selling novel, the powerful and inspiring film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.
A film that is already generating Oscar Buzz is Hyde Park on Hudson which tells the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his love affair with his distant cousin, Daisy. The film centres on a weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. The weekend produces not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.
Other highlights include Dustin Hoffman’s amusing and perceptive first directorial foray Quartet, shot in the British countryside. The film focuses on a trio of retired opera singers living out their sunset years in an idyllic care home for aging musicians – but sometimes old feuds can arise. The Hollywood heavyweight has brought together some of the most accomplished stars in the business with Maggie Smith leading the cast - and this central performance is already been talked about as an early Oscar possibility. She is joined by Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon.
Receiving a ten minute standing ovation at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Sapphires is a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance and an unbeatable soul music soundtrack, set against the upheavals of the late 1960s. It’s an inspirational tale about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women. A jewel-bright charmer and an Australian classic, The Sapphires is not to be missed.

DIFF’s Artistic Director Masoud Amralla al Ali commented: “This year, across all our programmes we are bringing audiences a unique selection of films from both young filmmakers with daring visions and legendry acclaimed masters of world cinema who continue to excite us with bold and exhilarating stories. While filmmaking techniques and the technology continue to evolve dramatically, some aspects of good cinema remain the same – a powerful narrative, exemplary performances and the power to touch your heart.”

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