‘Bobby’ to Open Dubai International Film Festival 2006

Sun Nov 19,2006

Celebrating the start of another exciting edition of The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), organizers today announced the opening night gala will be the highly acclaimed first feature film from Emilio Estevez, Bobby on 10 December. 

Bobby, a 2006 drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, tells the story of several fictionalized people whose lives happen to intersect the night of the Robert Kennedy assassination. The evening he was shot, Kennedy had won the 4 June Democratic Presidential primaries, boosting his chances for the Presidential nomination during the 1968 elections.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, said: “Having Bobby as the opening night film at Dubai International Film Festival sets the tone for the entire festival’s diverse programming of ground breaking international and regional cinematic productions and industry specific workshops and panel discussions.

Filmed at the real-life location of the assassination - Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles before its demolition this year - Bobby unfolds the night Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down. The film follows 22 individuals who are all at the hotel for different purposes but share the common thread of anticipating Kennedy’s arrival at the primary election night party, which would change their lives forever. This historic night is set against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, gender inequality and class differences.

With an incredible ensemble cast portraying fictional characters from a cross-section of America including Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Christian Slater, Lawrence Fishburne, Joshua Jackson and Lindsay Lohan, the film was premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation.

The third edition of DIFF will run from 10-17 December. The festival expects to draw an audience of over 30,000 people, in addition to close to 100 celebrities from around the world, 550 film makers and industry guests, and more than 650 members of the world, regional and local press.

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