‘Five Children and It’ Leads Posse of Festival’s Friday Family Entertainment
Thu Dec 09,2004
Hot on the heels of successful Festival family films Millions and Polar Express, special effects adventure film Five Children and It will make its Middle East premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival at 8 pm tomorrow (Friday) at the giant outdoor screen built at the Dubai Media City amphitheater. Tickets to the “Screen on the Green” show are a highly affordable Dh. 10.
The entertaining family film, set in Victorian England, tells the story of five children sent to live in a rattling country mansion with their eccentric uncle (Kenneth Branagh) and his nosy housekeeper who forbids the children from going into the greenhouse. Being children, they do so instantly and discover an ancient and irritable sand fairy named It (comedian Eddie Izzard) who can grant wishes. Chaos and adventure follow before the children learn that the best wishes need to be sensible.
The family caper follows the day after a sell-out crowd at the Festival’s screening of Polar Express, the new animated film from Tom Hanks, and Millions, the Danny Boyle-directed story of two young boys on a quest to give away money that technically doesn’t belong to them.
FIiveChildren and It director Jim Stephenson, whose work on special effects and creature animation is well known, will be at the Friday evening “Screen on the Green” screening at the Dubai Media City amphitheater.
The special “Screen on the Green” segment of the Dubai International Film Festival features a state-of-the-art 30ft by 70ft screen, full Dolby Digital surround sound, comfortable seating and highly affordable tickets, and is part of the Festival’s efforts to bring world cinema to all UAE residents.
Both the screen and projection equipment have been imported from US-based Boston Light and Sound, one of the world’s foremost outdoor projection companies. An array of high-fidelity loudspeakers has also be installed around the amphitheater, ensuring a cinema experience unlike anything Dubai has seen before.
The Dubai Media City lakeside park is also equipped with 2,000 cushion seats and a number of concessionaires selling popcorn, nachos, soft drinks and other cinema snacks.
Tickets are available at any of five DIFF box offices: at the CNN Building Lobby in Dubai Media City from 11 am to 8 pm; at the Madinat Theatre in the Souk at Madinat Jumeirah from 11 am to 10.30 pm; at the Mercato mall from 10 am to 10.30 pm; at the Madinat Arena from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, and from 11 am to 8 pm on Thursday and Friday; and at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Auditorium today from 11 am to 10.30 pm.
Telephone bookings and orders can be made with the Box Office on (04) 367 6701 / (04) 367 6707 for advance bookings and directions to box office venues.
The Dubai International Film Festival will be held between December 6 and 11, 2004, and will feature approximately 75 films including features, retrospectives and short films. The Festival is divided into 10 distinct programs, each focusing on a particular Festival theme. DIFF is presented by Dubai Media City and its presenting sponsors are Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort-Dubai, and Nakheel. DIFF Gold Sponsors are DOM International, The Kanoo Group and National Bank of Dubai, and Silver Sponsors are Arabian Radio Network, Atlas Telecom, Dubai Radio Network, E-Vision and Motivate Publishing.