All-star romantic comedies, dramas and thrillers from Hollywood included in Dubai International Film Festival 2010 lineup

Sun Dec 05,2010

The films, part of DIFF’s Cinema of the World programme, include three international premieres, five films never before screened in the Middle East, and three Gulf premieres.

The line-up begins on December 13 with the international premiere of John Wells’ The Company Men, which tracks a year in the life of three men trying to survive downsizing, betrayal and backstabbing at a major company and how that affects them, their families and their communities.  Timely, powerful and ultimately heartwarming, the film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, and Kevin Costner.

Sparkling new romantic comedy Morning Glory from Notting Hill director Roger Michell makes its premiere internationally at DIFF on Dec. 17, with a second screening on Dec. 19. Starring Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams, the film is set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television and follows hard-working TV producer McAdams as she attempts to revitalize a trailing morning news show. The film has been widely acclaimed for its performances and is being dubbed the feelgood movie of the year.

Guy Moshe’s Bunraku¸ starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, and Demi Moore, makes its Middle East premiere at DIFF on Dec. 16. The martial arts-live action/animation hybrid is a wild, futuristic tale of obsessive revenge, set in a dazzlingly-rendered future world ruled by the sword and combines Western and samurai, Japanese puppet theatre and killer clowns.

Former ‘Friends’ star turned director David Schwimmer brings sensitivity and restraint to Trust, a dark challenging drama that strikes deep into the heart of family life. The film, about a father (Clive Owen) who strikes back when his teenage daughter becomes the victim of a sexual predator she met online, is based on Schwimmer’s work with The Rape Foundation. The film will make its Middle East premiere at DIFF on December 17.


Rural crime thriller Winter’s Bone, winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and recipient of seven Independent Spirit Award nominations this week, stars Jennifer Lawrence as a stoic teenager raising her siblings single-handedly amidst the poverty and grind of backwoods America. Her drug-dealing father skips out of town after putting their house as collateral. Unless he’s found in a week, her family will be evicted. Refusing to accept this, the 17-year-old begins an odyssey through the dark forests and criminal underbelly of the area. The film makes its GCC premiere on Dec. 13 and 14.

Marking its international premiere on Dec. 17 is Nick Simon’s Removal, the story of an overworked and over-medicated floor cleaning service employee plagued by horrific hallucinations after witnessing a murder-suicide. The film stars Kelly Brook and Emma Caulfield - both of whom will be attending DIFF – as well as Billy Burke, Mark Kelly and Oz Perkins.  It is produced by Chady Mattar from Lebanon and the Egyptian Mohammed Heszy.

Actor/director Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating makes its Middle East premiere at DIFF on Dec. 14, with an additional screening on Dec. 18. The story of a 40-something average New York limo driver whose blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centers around two working-class couples.

DIFF 2010 box office locations are: CineStar Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Souk and the CNN Building in Dubai Media City. Tickets can also be purchased through DIFF’s Dial-a-Ticket service at (04) 391 3378 and from the website

The seventh edition of Dubai International Film Festival 2010 will be held from December 12 to 19. DIFF 2010 is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The event is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

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