Acclaimed Directors, Palme d’Or Winner,  3D Fantasy, and Oscar Buzz

Thu Oct 25,2012

Dubai, October 22nd, 2012 – From the 65th Cannes film festival which saw Michael Haneke’s widely acclaimed Amour scoop the Palme d’Or to Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, a 3D fantasy film produced by Avatar director James Cameron, this is just a taste of the contemporary world cinema audiences can celebrate at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival.

The ‘Cinema of the World’ segment curated by industry veteran and former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker will showcase creativity, originality, vision and imagination through a compelling line-up of features, documentaries, shorts,  and experimental film from many countries including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, Finland, France, Austria, Argentina and Spain as well as the best from Hollywood.

“Our Cinema of the World programme this year has been carefully selected to bring DIFF audiences a programme that encompasses a wide range of features and documentaries that will confront, educate, inspire and entertain. Whether you’re a film enthusiast or joining us for the first time there is something for everyone. From critically acclaimed titles, to wonderfully crafted 3D, potential front-runners for the 2013 Oscars and ground-breaking documentaries, the programme is a true representation of the very best of this year’s film across every genre,” commented Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF.

Michael Haneke’s new film, Amour sets the standard of this year’s “Cinema of the World” programme, the Best Foreign Film Oscar front-runner and favourite with Cannes viewers from the moment it debuted at the festival. Amour is the moving story of Georges and Anne, a blissful married elderly couple whose relationship undergoes the ultimate test of love.

Part of the line-up is one of the undisputed hits of the year that’s generating Oscar buzz for Marion Cotillard is the powerful and moving drama Rust and Bone from director Jacques Audiard. The acclaimed love story that has wowed critics around the globe sees Cotillard as whale trainer, who loses her legs after an accident. Remarkable performances continue in Director Stéphane Brizé, A Few Hours Of Spring about a man just released from prison who discovers that his estranged mother is fatally ill.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is a perfect example of the variety in the ‘Cinema of the World’ segment. The highly anticipated 3D adventure from visionary filmmaker James Cameron will whisk audiences away on a journey to experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil.
Sheila Whitaker, Director of the Festival’s International Programme, said: “DIFF’s 8 day celebration of world cinema will surely delight audiences this year. The comprehensive collection of films from both established and upcoming talent is undoubtedly a medley of this year’s most anticipated and acclaimed work from every corner of the globe.”

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